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Canucks shut down captain Sedin; Torts doesn’t want him going to Olympics

Feb 6, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

First, the NHL-related news: Vancouver is shutting down captain Henrik Sedin for the next two games with a lingering upper-body injury, one that’s already sidelined him for six games and limited his ability over the last two.

Now, the Olympic-related news: Vancouver head coach John Tortorella doesn’t want Sedin to play for Sweden in Sochi.

It’s going to be a dicey situation in Canuck land over the next few days. Sedin won’t play tonight against Montreal or Saturday in Toronto, and is scheduled to head over to Sochi shortly thereafter to join the Swedish team.

To say Sedin has been ineffective lately would be putting it mildly. He’s gone pointless in back-to-back losses to Detroit and Boston — Vancouver only managed to score once in the two games — and hasn’t been able to take faceoffs, attempting just four against the Wings and one against the Bruins.

Sedin has been named an alternate captain for the Swedish team in Sochi and has a long history of competing internationally. He was part of the gold medal-winning side at the 2006 games in Turin, played again at the ’10 games in Vancouver and won gold at the 2013 World Hockey Championships.

Stay tuned…

  1. elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I think he should sit, the issue with that then would be Daniel hasn’t been great this year so him going without Henrik could affect his performance. Either that, or Daniel gets a confidence boost playing with other players who are doing well and comes back on a tear.

  2. buddysguys - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    if only he had a twin that could take his place then no one would ever know!….. -_-…..

    • thailer35 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      It’s comments like these that keep me coming back to PHT. Not to toot our own horn (and not necessarily everyone here’s horn) but we have a pretty funny group of regulars here.

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Oh! And I thought you kept coming back for my expert comments, and accurate predictions. :-) Dang!

  3. joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Way to go, Torts. Another missed opportunity to shut up, and not turn players against you. You’re not going to get this team on the rails with that approach. All you’re doing is shooting yourself in the foot.

    • thailer35 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      My name is thailer and, for once, I actually agree with what Joey said.

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Yahooooooooooooooo! :-) No insults this time. Hey! BTW, that’s my line………. Ok! You can use it….

    • stakex - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Coaches say things like this all the time…. but you are only making an issue out of it because its Torts. All he said was that a players injury is limiting his effectiveness, and stating what should be really obvious… that he doesn’t want his injured player going to the Olympics when he isn’t able to play for the team paying him millions of dollars. Hardly something that should “turn players against him”.

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        You essentially said the same thing he did with more words. Thanks for nothing.

  4. stepanup - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    He’s a center who isn’t healthy enough to take faceoffs. It sounds like Torts has a point here. He needs his team sprinting out of the gate after the break. That’s predicated on his stars being healthy enough to perform like stars.

    • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      The point is, you do your dirty laundry in private. Torts should be having this conversation with Sedin, Gilles and the doctor and decide what is best for all parties. Kind of the way TB did it. Cooper didn’t come out publicly with what he thought should happen with Stamkos.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        A reporter asked Torts a question and he gave an honest answer. I don’t see any issue there, and I bet neither would you if this were one of the other 29 coaches in the league.

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Yeah! Right! And you don’t think a reporter asked Cooper what he was hoping would happen Stamkos? The answer should have been; “We’re going to sit with Sedin, Gilles, and the doctor, and discuss what is best for Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks.” You don’t throw players, and your GM under the bus, and piss off the owner. He’s been doing all these very well since the beginning of the year, which is why his Canucks are 4 and 13 in the last 17. Torts likes to scoop it up, and slinging it. His ego won’t allow to shut up, and because of that he won’t be around next year. He’ll have no one to blame but himself. He’s shooting himself in the foot, and killing his career. He’ll problem become a TV/Radio Hockey analyst in a couple of years.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Joey, i dont understand this… saying stuff I agree with kick you’re on, but hey… keep it up!

      • zachtheman31 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Tort is a nut. He cant coach properly. All he cares about is himself. When he was with the rangers, he would always throw his own players under the bus. Just a poor coach in general

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        You’re probably right. But this is one of the few Torts quips that wouldn’t explain why he’s headed to the booth. Stakex already did a better job making this same point: Torts is just stating what should be obvious. That’s not worthy of criticism.

  5. micasa81 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Who would have thought that, of all the NHLers going to Sochi, this guy would be in jeopardy of having to bow out due to injury? Personally, I always look forward to watching the twins play for Sweden, so this sucks.

  6. nostredummass - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    If Sedin can’t go they should replace him with the Yeti. Soderberg was the leading goal scorer in the Swedish Elite League before he took off to the Bruins. And since he’s been installed at center on the Bruins 3rd line he’s been looking pretty darned impressive.
    I can’t believe the Swedes are going to carry a grudge so far they’ll keep such a good player on the sidelines. DUMB!

  7. zachtheman31 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    The description of this article says not a good situation in Vancouver. It should just say typical situation in Vancouver. They always have something to complain about up there

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