Henrik Sedin Injury: Updates on Vancouver Canucks Star's Ribs and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 20, 2014

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 7:  Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks skates up ice during their NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena January 7, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Pittsburgh won 5-4 in a shootout. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, March 24

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports provides the latest injury news on Henrik Sedin:

Updates From Tuesday, Feb. 25

NHL.com provides the latest update on Henrik Sedin's status now that the Olympics have concluded:

Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday when the team plays the St. Louis Blues, according to coach John Tortorella.

Sedin missed the Canucks' final two games and eight of the past 10 before the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a rib injury. The ailment caused the Swedish forward to sit out the entire Olympic tournament.

The Vancouver captain missed practice this week for personal reasons but Tortorella confirmed Tuesday that Sedin would be back in the lineup against the Blues. 

Updates From Friday, Feb. 7

NBC has the latest on Sedin's replacement:

When the Swedish men's Olympic hockey team learned just days before the Olympics that it would be without the services of former NHL MVP Henrik Sedin, it was a tremendously damaging blow to the team's gold medal chances.

However, Sedin's rib injury left a void at the center position on the Swedes' roster, which they have announced that they will fill Marcus Johansson.

Johansson, 23, is a play-making center who also plays for the NHL's Washington Capitals. He has seven goals, 29 assists and a -11 rating in 58 games this season with the Capitals, who have been his NHL team since he came to the North America in 2010-11.

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6

Dan Murphy of Sportsnet provides some major news on Henrik Sedin's status for the Olympics:

Despite Murphy's report, Mikael Backlund tweets that he hasn't been notified: 

The Vancouver Canucks updated Sedin's status for his NHL team after returning to the lineup on Monday:

Tortorella also spoke about Sedin's spot on the Olympic roster (via Louis Jean of TVASports.ca):

It appears that Tortorella got his wish.

Updates from Monday, Feb. 3

The Vancouver Canucks have updated Henrik Sedin's status:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 31

Jason Botchford of The Vancouver Province has the latest on Sedin:

The Canucks' official Twitter feed provided the Swede's thoughts on his consecutive games streak coming to an end:

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30

The Vancouver Canucks have updated Henrik Sedin's status via their Twitter account:

Updates from Sunday, Jan. 26

Elliott Pap of The Vancouver Sun provides a statement from Canucks coach Mike Sullivan discussing Henrik Sedin's injury status:

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Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin has been just about indestructible during his NHL career, but now he needs to miss time due to bruised ribs.

TSN.ca reports on Monday, Jan. 20, that Sedin will be out of action at Rexall Place, ending the 33-year-old center's streak of consecutive games played at 679, which is the sixth-longest mark in NHL history.  

Assistant coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the news in a Monday press conference:

Sedin leads Vancouver with 31 assists and 40 points in the 2013-14 campaign, and the good news is that the Canucks should fare fine without him in this contest. Entering Monday's slate of games, only the Buffalo Sabres had fewer points (33) than Edmonton (36).

This marks Sedin's 13th season as a pro, and he has spent his entire career in Vancouver since being selected No. 3 overall by the club in the 1999 draft.

Despite the late juncture of his career and the wear and tear that has accompanied it with so many games logged in a row, Sedin is averaging a career-high 21:16 time on ice per game this season.

In that context, this break may be welcome—even with the Canucks fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference.


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