Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin will not play in the Sochi Olympics
Sedin confirmed the news on Thursday. Chances were that he would be an alternate captain for Sweden. And as the Olympic Break is about to start in the NHL, status of players is being confirmed and teams are making decisions regarding them. Surprisingly, Sedin confirmed the news just a few hours after the Canucks had made the decision to keep Sedin off the ice for the last two games before the break starts. Moreover, Canucks head coach John Tortorella had added he did not want Sedin to be playing in Olympics due to certain unspecified reasons.
Sedin’s performance lately has taken a turn for the worse. His contribution to the team has only been limited to making them lose games, as was evident against Boston and Detroit. In those two games, the Canucks only managed to score one goal. Their goal attempts are just as bad. They only made one against Boston and four against wings.
Before playing against Detroit, Sedin was already in a bad shape and been out of games for a while. Due to injured ribs he had to sit out 6 games before playing Detroit.
Now he has decided not to play in Sochi and the decision has far reaching effects. It is a big setback for Sedin’s career and Sweden. For his career, Sedin has always been a competitive player who has been participating in games other than in NHL. Sitting these out will definitely be a bad mark on his timeline. As for the Olympics, they hold special value and he has always been representing Sweden. Not going this time will have its toll on the country.
For now the reports coming in are that Calgary Flames Mikael Backlund is next in line to step in to replace Sedin.