February 06, 2014
“I'll tell you right now: Do I want him to go? Absolutely not."
Those were the words of Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella Thursday morning when asked about the possibility of his captain playing for Sweden in the Olympics. Tortorella wasn't going to make the decision for the player, but with the fortunes of his NHL team to worry about, he'd prefer Henrik stay home.
Tortorella will get his wish, as Henrik Sedin confirmed to Sportnet's Dan Murphy that he will not represent Tre Kronor next week in Sochi as he recovers from a rib injury.
The injury occurred against the Phoenix Coyotes last month after Sedin took a cross-check from Martin Hanzal. The 33-year old's 679-game ironman streak came to an end, and while the Canucks captain has played three times since that Jan. 16 game, he's done so visibly ailing. The team has already shut him down for their final two games before the Olympic break.
Sedin told Sweden's Expressen (translated): "I can not do myself justice, the injury to the upper body has not healed as I had hoped. The two games I played this week since I made a comeback after injury has been painful and I have not been able to go a hundred percent."
No replacement has been confirmed, but one of Mikael Backlund, Marcus Johansson or Patric Hornqvist could find a plane ticket heading their way. This is the second injury swap for the Swedes this week after Johan Franzen (concussion) was forced to withdraw in favor of teammate Gustav Nyquist.
Sweden opens up the Olympic tournament on Wednesday against the Czech Republic.
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