UPDATE: The Canucks have now confirmed that Daniel Sedin will not play tonight. Dan Murphy of Sportsnet Pacific tweeted the update from head coach Alain Vigneault:
AV on Daniel Sedin "there is nothing new to report. Obviously he's not going to play tonight". #canucks— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) April 11, 2012
Read below for the rest of the article and the series of events that led up to the decision to sit Daniel out for Game 1.
Even though the Vancouver Canucks haven’t officially confirmed it just yet, it seems to be an almost certainty that Daniel Sedin will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Kings.
A reliable source has learned that Daniel has suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion. According to Swedish sportswriter Jon Haggqvist of Allehanda.se, the injured Sedin had a headache after he took part in a full practice with his teammates on Monday.
Who is Haggqvist and why is he so reliable?
Haggqvist is based out of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, the Sedins' hometown, and is getting his information from Daniel’s dad, Tommy Sedin.
Haggqvist tweeted the updates from Tommy earlier this morning:
A setback like that just a couple of days away from the opening game of the playoffs is never a good thing, especially with how sensitive the hockey world has become with concussions these days.
It turns out many other reporters, including Sportsnet Pacific’s Dan Murphy, were right to be suspicious when Daniel didn’t speak to the media after his first full practice on Monday and was relegated to skating after practice on Tuesday with the extra Canucks that likely won’t play in Game 1, otherwise known as the Black Aces.
Murphy wrote about his suspicion of Daniel’s possible setback on Tuesday, despite Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault saying otherwise.
"This is what I think. Daniel did skate on his own Sunday and felt quite good. Good enough to say he could participate in a full practice Monday. After Monday's skate, Daniel didn't feel quite as good and met the medical staff instead of the media. The Province's Tony Gallagher is reporting Daniel visited the medical room right after Monday's skate. Keep in mind the Canucks policy (and the NHL's I believe) as far as making players available to the media is that if a guy skates or practices with the team, then media can request to talk to him. So the fact that Daniel wasn't available after practice goes against how the Canucks usually operate."
It’s one thing to speculate, but when that speculation is confirmed by a Swedish reporter who talked directly to Daniel’s dad the next day, it’s all but a guarantee that the Canucks leading goal scorer won’t be in the lineup for the opening game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In the meantime, Mason Raymond will likely take Daniel’s spot on the Canucks' top line for Game 1, as he practiced with Henrik Sedin and Alexander Burrows on Tuesday.
The Canucks finished the season with an 8-1 record after Daniel suffered his concussion courtesy of a Duncan Keith elbow. They hope to continue their strong play on Wednesday evening.
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