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It’s The Sedins Then Everyone Else

from Jeff Paterson at the Vancouver Province,

Can they both be 60-plus point players? Should fans brace for a decrease in their production? And what can the Canucks possibly accomplish if their scoring leaders are in the 50-point range?

The hope, obviously, is that a longer than expected summer will allow the Sedins to rest and heal whatever was holding Henrik back. People will point to the way they rebounded last season after similar struggles when they were overused by John Tortorella. But two years have gone by since then. That’s two more seasons of wear and tear on aging bodies trying to keep up in a league that is getting faster and younger while the Sedins are not. And as the Canucks learned the hard way this season, if they lose one Sedin, they effectively lose both.

When healthy, the twins can still produce magic. That’s not up for any kind of debate. It was there for all to see for a few months in the early part of the schedule.

This second-half tailspin begs the question whether they can come back in the fall and perform at the highest level and do so for an 82-game schedule. Injuries and the drastic drop-offs they produced in two of the last three seasons simply can’t be ignored at this stage of their careers.

Remember, too, that the Sedins will return to town after representing Sweden in the World Cup, where they’ll be forced to battle the best players on the planet. Perhaps that will serve as a springboard into next season, but it may also grind them down before they play another game for the Canucks. That’s something this team can’t afford.


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Video- Henrik Sedin Injured, Further Evaluation Needed

via Ben Kuzma tweet,

Henrik Sedin won't play in Los Angeles on Monday. Heading back to Vancouver for further evaluation.


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Early Morning Line- Henrik Sedin

"It feels like it's a grind out there, there's no easy plays. Nothing comes easy for us now. You just try to keep on working and somehow get out of this."

-Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks after losing 5-2 to the Calgary Flames, their fourth loss in a row by the identical score.  Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province has more on the game.

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Video- Mikhail Grabovski Hit On Henrik Sedin

Five for boarding and a game misconduct.

Sedin did not return to the ice for the 2nd period.


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Panthers, Canucks have a little post-game visit

Daniel Sedin scored the OT winner that ended the Florida Panthers' 12-game winning streak (though they are unbeaten in 13 games), and then his brother Henrik incited...a post-game brawl?


added 7:09am, Florida broadcast of this is below...

added 7:20am, Also below, Daniel Sedin postgame...

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Video- Brayden McNabb Hit On Henrik Sedin

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Henrik Sedin is dealing with enough — take your pick of a hip-flexor ailment or a back injury — and playing through pain is one thing. Being drilled early into the sideboards by Brayden McNabb on a hit that clearly targeted the captain’s head is something else. McNabb got a roughing minor and Alex Biega a double minor for roughing in challenging the Kings’ defenceman.

“I thought it was a flying elbow to the head,” said Sedin. “The ref said it was a clean hit and I haven’t seen it yet but you’ve got to trust they’re making the right call and if they’re not, the league has to look at it. For me, the only point of contact on me was my face.

“I was surprised nothing worse happened. The only mistake I made was not staying down longer (after being hit) but that’s on me.”

Said Biega: “I thought it was a high hit and it’s your best player and you never want to see those things. I don’t think it’s acceptable in this league. I’m not sure why it was only two minutes.”

Added Willie Desjardins: “I thought it was a tough hit and got him up high.”

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Watch the hit below...

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The Sedins Continue To Carry The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This season’s Canucks don’t exactly register as an offensive juggernaut but, before Sunday’s games, they ranked second in the Western Conference with 69 goals.

How has this happened? The Canucks lineup is thinner than a super model. The power play is inconsistent. There isn’t a legitimate scoring threat on the back end. But there are the Sedins and their work through the first two months of this season is as impressive as anything they’ve done in their 15 seasons as Canucks.

Think about it. The Canucks have turned over almost half their lineup from last season. On most nights, they’re playing 20-year-old Bo Horvat as their second-line centre, 19-year-old Jared McCann as their third-line centre, 19-year-old Jake Virtanen on the wing and rookie defenceman Ben Hutton. Aside from the twins and linemate Jannik Hansen, there are two other Canucks forwards in double digits in scoring, Radim Vrbata, who’s also minus-11, and Alex Burrows.

Yet, they manage to cling to respectability largely because the Sedins have packed this team on their backs. This, we remind you, was supposed to be the season when their age started to show; when they’d start their slide toward irrelevancy, and this remains the best part of this story.


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The Lidstrom generation of defensemen, headlined by ‘OEL’

From NHL.com's Tim Wharnsby:

They're everywhere in the NHL these days, young Swedish defensemen who have been influenced by Nicklas Lidstrom, the legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman.

Back when Peter Forsberg was at his best, most young hockey players from Sweden wanted to be like him, a forward. But then Lidstrom started collecting Stanley Cup titles and Norris Trophy wins and Olympic gold, and that all changed.

"You look around the League and see all the young [Swedish] defensemen," Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "When you grew up in Sweden before Nicklas became the player he was, everybody wanted to be a forward. When he played his best, the most skilled guys back home wanted to be like him and play defense. Our best players are defensemen."

Now there is Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay, John Klingberg in Dallas, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, Hampus Lindholm in Anaheim, Adam Larsson in New Jersey, Mattias Ekholm in Nashville.

There are also a couple dandies in Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.

Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals last season, two more than Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner. Lidstrom had the record for most goals by a Swedish defenseman in a season at 20. But then Ekman-Larsson and Karlsson zoomed on by.

"Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play," Ekman-Larsson, 24, said. "He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'


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The Sedins Still Going Strong

from Tim Wharnsby at NHL.com,

Twin forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks are not ready to make their harness racing hobby into a full-time endeavor just yet.

The Sedins, who own several standardbred racehorses in Sweden and North America, will celebrate their 35th birthdays Saturday and have heard the chatter their time in the NHL is running out.

But all you have to do is look at the top 10 players in the scoring race from the 2014-15 season to discover they remain among the elite.

Daniel finished tied for eighth with 76 points (20 goals), slightly better than Henrik, who tied for 10th with 73 points (18 goals).

"I don't really listen to [naysayers]," Daniel said. "We showed last year that we can still play at a high level. For us, it's about staying in shape and staying healthy. If we can do that there is no reason why we can't play in this league a few more seasons."


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Video- Jonathan Quick Upset With Henrik Sedin

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin collides with Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and Eddie Lack thinks about fighting.


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No Blame Aimed At The Sedins

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks are the Sedins’ team. They have the richest contracts, the most influence, the biggest names and the letters “C” and “A” emblazoned on their chests.

Yet, during their most miserably disappointing season in a decade, there weren’t a lot of scathing attacks directed toward the twins as they plummeted from 80-point players to 50-point players, taking the team down with them. It could be the other way around too, depending on your view.

Generally, the fans and the media laid off. Often, their right winger gets more heat than they do. Even when the Sedins kept saying they don’t need to score, people shrugged and said “They’re right.”

This is either a reflection of a sophisticated market where people realized the coach, injuries and bad luck all viciously conspired to work like lightning, striking down their point totals in an anomaly season. And that the underlying statistics show the season wasn’t nearly as catastrophic for the Sedins as it looked.

Or, and I think this is more likely, there is some survivor’s guilt going on.


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Henrik Sedin honored for 1,000th game then hobbled during game 1,005

Via NHL.com's Kevin Woodley, this is a case of the worst kind of irony:

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin left with an apparent left leg injury with 4:45 left in the second period against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night and did not return.

Sedin was honored in a pregame ceremony for playing his 1,000th NHL game four games earlier.

The center, who leads the Canucks with 46 points, including five assists in his past three games, got up slowly after getting checked along the boards. He didn’t put much weight on his left leg as he limped to the locker room and did not start the third period of the 4-2 win.

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Henrik Sedin Out Of The Olympics

via AftonBladet (link not translated),

In the midst of chaos game against Calgary was forced Henrik Sedin leave the ice . It turned out that the star suffered a rib injury.

It kept him out of action for two weeks, but on February 4, in a game against Detroit did "Henke" comeback .
Happy news - which only lasted three days.

Now comes the nightmare news for Tre Kronor:

Henrik Sedin miss the Olympics.

Star the Centre rib injury does not heal and late Thursday, he left the news.


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Team Sweden May Be Without Henrik Sedin


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Videos- No Goal For Henrik Sedin And Martin Hanzal A Cross-Checking Machine

Henrik Sedin tried to do a good sell job with the goal celebration, but no goal, which would have been the only goal Vancouver would have scored in a 1-0 loss to Phoenix.



Martin Hanzal was a one-man cross-checking machine last night..

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Video- Wrong Sedin Sent To The Penalty Box

Hey, at least the ref had the last name right.

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Canucks Sign The Sedin Twins

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Michael D. Gillis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin to four-year contracts through the end of the 2017-18 season.

“Daniel and Henrik are exemplary leaders, teammates and humanitarians and we’re very pleased to have them as part of our team for the long-term,” said Gillis. “Few players in the history of this club have had more significant roles in contributing to the success of this team and to our community and we look forward to many more years with their positive influence leading the way.”


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The Latest On The Contract Negotiations For The Sedin Twins

via Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Canuck GM Mike Gillis made his weekly appearance on the team’s flagship radio station Team 1040 Wednesday morning and said term is not the issue in the stalled contract talks with the Sedin twins. Daniel and Henrik are playing on expiring contracts and stand to become unrestricted free agents July 1.

“No,” Gillis replied when asked if contract length was the key to a deal. “The process has been very respectful from both sides. We’re trying to figure out what the cap is going to be next year and the upcoming years and really that’s the key. Those guys have been fantastic people, No. 1, for this organization. They’ve been great players and it’s really a function of how you allocate money in a cap system and we’re just trying to ensure we do the right thing for the entire organization and for Daniel and Henrik.”

Asked if the talks might again go down to the July 1 deadline, as they did last time, Gillis said: “Right now, I can’t say but I don’t foresee that happening again. You never know but I don’t see it happening again.”

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What To Pay The Sedin Brothers?

via TSN,

Contract negotiations between Henrik and Daniel Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks are set to begin on Thursday.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger says that the Sedin's agent, J.P. Barry, will meet with Canucks management and that as of yet, no offer has been made on an extension.

The brothers are each due to earn $6.1 million this year in the final season of their five-year, $30.5 million contracts. Both are eligible to become unrestricted free agents next summer unless they are signed to new deals.

Henrik Sedin had 11 goals and 34 assists in 48 games for the Canucks last season. Daniel Sedin had 12 goals and 28 assists in 47 games.

The twins turn 33 on September 26.

I've read a few quotes from the Sedin brothers today and they hope this would be their final contract, so they may be looking for anything between 5-7 years.

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Will The Sedins Stay In Vancouver?

from David Ember of the Globe and Mail,

This is the last season of the five-year, $30.5-million (U.S.) deals that pay the Sedins $6.1-million each annually. While the players have previously expressed a desire to remain in Vancouver, and have said getting a deal done before the 2013-14 season starts would be good, the talks could be complicated. The last time the two sides bargained, it went down to the last moment before free agency.

Given the complexity, it’s possible a deal is not clinched in the next month – and then the question of the brothers’ future lingers around the club, not unlike the pulsing question of goaltending that coloured all of last season.

“There’s a lot of things that need to be discussed,” Henrik Sedin said after practice. “It’s money, it’s terms, it’s years, it’s a lot of different things. So I’m sure it’s not going to happen in one day, but we’ll see what happens.”

On wanting to stay, he said: “Of course.” But added: “If they want us here, I’m sure they’re going to show that.”

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Video- Henrik Sedin On Contract Talks, Luongo And Tortorella

via Sportsnet,


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What Do You Think Of Henrik Sedin Playing One Shift Tonight?

added 4/28/13 at 11:22am, Watch Don Cherry speak about Henrik Sedin and the ironman streak.


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Video- Look Out Henrik!

Here comes Dustin Brown.

added 1:07am, Watch the extended version below…

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Henrik Says Daniel Sedin Improving

from Monte Stewart of the CP at Yahoo,

Henrik said his sibling is making progress every day while keeping a positive attitude.

“He was down for the first few days,” said Henrik. “He’s always a happy guy, a positive guy. But when you talked to him, you could tell that something was wrong. But in the past couple days, he’s getting better ... So we’ll see what happens in the next couple days.”

Daniel sits second in team scoring with 30 goals and 37 assists in 72 games played. The Canucks have said little on his condition since he was sidelined, though Henrik indicated Daniel has been working out.

“This is the part where he’s a little anxious (to see) if things are going the right way and when he’s exercising if it’s going to be positive or headaches are going to come back,” said Henrik.

Henrik was non-committal on whether Daniel could return in time for the playoffs, but expressed optimism for a post-season return.

“We’ve got a week or a week and a half before the playoffs start. So there’s still time.”

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Henrik Sedin A Game-Time Decision

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

So while the Vancouver Canucks captain is officially “a game-time decision” for tonight’s meeting with the Minnesota Wild, there seems little doubt he will play and his extend his NHL ironman streak to 553 games.

Sedin tested his right ankle at this morning’s game-day skate at the Xcel Energy Center and said it felt better than it did on Wednesday.

A CT scan done on Wednesday showed no evidence of a fracture and Sedin has been assured he cannot further damage his ankle by playing. It is a pain-management issue.

“Like I said, I want to play games,” Sedin said after the team’s morning skate. “That’s No. 1 and if they say it’s not going to get any worse and I’m able to play then I am going to play. That’s my only answer.”

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Vancouver Waits For Results On Henrik Sedin’s Ankle

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks’ current ironman could see his streak come to an end.

Captain Henrik Sedin was not at the Exel Energy Center in Minnesota for Wednesday’s practice and was seen at the team’s hotel limping around in a large walking boot.

Sports writer Jason Botchford from the Vancouver Province tweeted that Sedin will have a CT scan done on the injured ankle in the Minnesota area this afternoon.

Sedin was injured in Tuesday’s win over the Nashville Predators, when a point shot by defenceman Kevin Klein struck him in the right ankle early in the first period.

Sedin dropped to the ice and had to be helped to the dressing room.

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Afternoon Line

“I couldn’t believe what he was doing and I don’t think the referee could either.  “I know of no other captain in the NHL who would have so little class like Thornton exhibited.”

-Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks on Joe Thornton poking his glove in his face.  More and other topics from Gord Stellick of CBC.

If you don’t recall the incident, you can watch it here.

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Strong Up the Middle


In my last article on left wings, a few of you mentioned the positional dilemmas that we seem to face when drafting forwards. This is a great point, since not only do position eligibilities change from league to league (eg. Yahoo/ESPN/CBS), but also from year to year. As well, we also need to keep our eye on forwards with dual position eligibility.

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Another Case For Number One


Is Sidney Crosby still the number one pick in fantasy leagues?
Mere hours after my posting suggesting that Crosby should be the first overall pick, Josh Rimer’s tweet about Crosby’s unlikeliness to be in the Penguins’ lineup to start the season was making the rounds.

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Pounding The Twins

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

In the 2002 playoffs, former Canuck general manager Brian Burke had his fill of Daniel and Henrik Sedin being abused by the Detroit Red Wings and staged a theatrical rant that included his famous line: “Sedin is not Swedish for punch me or headlock me in a scrum.”

Current Canuck GM Mike Gillis resisted the urge to do a “Burkie” on Tuesday when he met with reporters at Rogers Arena on the eve of tonight’s climactic Stanley Cup final Game 7.

The Boston Bruins have been taking liberties with the twins in this series and it was never more evident than in Game 6 on Monday. In one incident, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who is seven inches taller and a listed 75 pounds heavier than Henrik, shoved the Canuck captain to the ice. While Chara did receive two minutes for roughing, Henrik received two minutes for diving, the officials apparently feeling he should have been able to maintain his feet after the contact from his 6-9 opponent.


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Morning Line

“My son told me a man was making fun of me and Uncle Danny on TV. I said that can’t be true because that’s what usually happens in kindergarten. That’s what happened. Sometimes grown-ups have low self-esteem and get on guys and say stupid stuff.

“I think he has to be happy with his career.  He did a great job on Long Island. I’m sure he is happy with that.”

-Henrik Sedin on Mike Milbury who recently referred to the twins as Thelma & Louise.  More from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun.

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Morning Line

And where are the Sedin brothers by the way?  This is my problem, if you’re the best player in the sport, shouldn’t I be able to see you, be the best player?  I haven’t seen these guys do anything yet.  I don’t even think they’re the best players on their own team.

-Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Radio Show this morning.

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Bruins Handle The Canucks With Ease Tonight

Final score in case you missed the end of the game was 8-1.

One play can probably paint a picture on what kind of night it was for the Vancouver Canucks.

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Evening Line

The twins did show some signs of life against the Predators, but it’s also past the point where they can be satisfied with a decent effort. This slump has outgrown moral victories. It’s also threatening to debase everything they’ve accomplished in the past two regular seasons.

Maybe that’s a narrow view, but the playoffs are the ultimate proving ground. It’s where reputations are forged and champions are made. It’s the way it’s always been, and right now the twins aren’t measuring up.

It is remarkable, in fact, the Canucks have made it this far with the tiny contributions of their two best forwards. Then again, it also says something about the team’s evolution that they can survive this drought by the Sedins.

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province on the Sedin twins.  More from Willes on this topic.

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Vancouver Could Use Some Offense From Daniel & Henrik

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

They were irrelevant in Vancouver’s 1-0 series-opening win against the Nashville Predators. And in Saturday night’s 2-1 overtime loss, the back-to-back winners of the Art Ross trophy only seemed to be noticeable after regulation.

But neither Daniel nor Henrik, who has yet to score in these playoffs, could beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne. The Sedins have three points between them in the last six games. Even more uncharacteristically, collectively they are minus 13.

“We’ve been through this a lot and we know we have to score more,” Daniel told reporters following the OT loss Saturday night. “We need to get more shots and grind it out. This is the way they [Nashville] play.”


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Trophy Talk: Southeast-Style

We’ve said it several times this season – that the Southleast is no more. With 308 combined points in the standings, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Atlanta and Florida comprise the Eastern Conference’s top division by that standard. Only the Pacific Division (321 points) has had more success as a group this season in the entire league. There’s even a fighting chance that four Southeast Division clubs could make the playoffs.

Suffice it to say, anyone still knocking the hockey played down here in this corner of the continent can be officially discredited. Clearly, anyone in that category hasn’t been paying attention this season.

Beyond team accolades, when the book is closed on the 2010-11 season, the Southeast Division has a legitimate chance for representation in almost every major year-end individual award. Some have sturdier ground to stand on than others in that respect but several individuals from Southeast clubs look to at least be in the conversation for some hardware in Vegas in late June.

Since premature awards speculation has started to heat up at a few other media outlets – always fun to keep tabs on ESPN’s Trophy Tracker but no Tampa Bay love in the Adams race, really? – here’s a list of potential trophy candidates from the Southeast Division, in no particular order.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/02/10 (and an Anti-Cheers for Danny Briere)

Our morning salute to the stars of a night ago, it’s JJ’s Three Cheers for Tuesday, November 2nd:

***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who shut out the reeling New Jersey Devils with 30 saves in the Canucks’ 3-0 win. Luongo bested Team Canada teammate Martin Brodeur, who was beaten on a penalty shot by Henrik Sedin, in fine fashion, to close the door on another loss for New Jersey. (People are realizing that the Devils are 3-9-2 and that Ilya Kovalchuk is averaging a goal every fourth game and a point every other, right? Uuuuuuuuuuugly!)

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Henrik Sedin- The Best Playmaker In The NHL

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

If this were a league-wide fan poll, Sidney Crosby would probably garner the most votes. And he’d get even more votes if he had a decent winger to make plays with. (You could say the same about teammate Evgeni Malkin.)

Another leading contender would be Joe Thornton. When it comes to the best pure passers, Jumbo Joe is right there.

You’d also get support for Nicklas Backstrom, although you wonder where he’d rank without Alex Ovechkin.

Maybe Brad Richards? He’s been fantastic since falling off the radar for a few years.

Maybe a healthy Marc Savard?

All those great candidates aside, Henrik boasts the best numbers, at least of late. His 83 assists in 2009-10 led the league by a wide margin, and he hasn’t let up to start 2010-11.


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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/18/10

This morning’s three cheers for those that shined in yesterday’s action:

***Cheers to Anaheim’s Corey Perry, who broke a 2-2 tie late in the third with his third goal of the season to lead the Ducks to a win over Phoenix. Perry also managed an assist in the game and was a plus-3 for Anaheim, who got 36 saves from goaltender Jonas Hiller in victory. Speaking of…

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Henrik Sedin The New Captain In Vancouver

from Canucks.com,

Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager, Mike Gillis and Head Coach, Alain Vigneault have appointed centre, Henrik Sedin team Captain. Sedin becomes the 13th Captain in club history.

“Henrik Sedin embodies the principles of this organization and all of the qualities of a leader through his honesty, integrity and discipline,” said Gillis. “Henrik is an exemplary leader who inspires teammates with a work ethic and desire to continually evolve his game. We are proud to name him as team Captain.”


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Henrik Sedin Is The Sporting News Player Of The Year

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Sporting News asked 363 players, coaches and executives to pick its 2010 NHL award winners, and all cast one vote for the player of the year. Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin garnered 108 first-place votes, followed by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin with 86 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 72.

continue for a look at Henrik Sedin…

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Your Art Ross Trophy Winner

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin will become the first Canuck to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season scoring champion.

Sedin’s four-point effort on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames, followed by Alexander Ovehckin’s goose egg this morning in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss against Boston, gave the Canuck a 112-109 advantage as the regular season came to an end.


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How About Some Respect For The Twins?

from Cassie Campbell of CBC,

Will Daniel and Henrik Sedin ever receive the respect they deserve? They have been called the Sedin sisters on occasion and I’m sure a few other ‘nicknames’ too, but let’s face it, they are both true superstars in the NHL.

Like Steve Yzerman, who was so often criticized as a player and leader until he won the Stanley Cup, the Sedin twins will probably feel the same wrath until they and their Vancouver Canucks bring home Lord Stanley.

At 29, they are still in their prime and based on their statistics this year, even though both players have played a shortened season due to injury, they have to be put into that elite category of players in the league.


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Henrik Sedin In Vancouver Again With A Bad Back

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Team Canada’s brain trust has likely been pleased to see how the red-hot scoring pace of Swedish Sedin twins Henrik and Daniel has cooled dramatically the last couple of weeks.

It’s certainly been a mystery to Vancouver Canucks fans, and the sudden dry spell most certainly cost Henrik the NHL scoring lead he owned for a month since early January, as Alex Ovechkin came roaring by.

Some were suggesting the opposition had finally figured out how to stop the Swedish forwards — although those Xs and Os were available and clearly not effective since October.

But Henrik acknowledged on Monday after Team Sweden’s first Olympic practice that his back has been bothering him for about 10 days.


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Leading By Example

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There’s certainly an element of satisfaction in quieting critics who say the Sedins can’t stand alone.

“I think so,” said Daniel. “We can’t do much about those kinds of things [what other people think], but it is good to know. For him to see he could play that kind of hockey, I think it was huge, and for myself, too.”

Henrik has also changed his game. Henrik has always been the passer, Daniel the shooter. But Henrik potted 10 goals while Daniel was out. Who knew?

“I don’t know if he shot the puck more, but he was finding the scoring areas,” Daniel said. “He really took it upon himself to do things out there and it was great to watch for myself. And for his confidence, it really helped. Once I was back, he just kept doing the same things. I think he got better as a hockey player.”...

“For a coach, you talk about low maintenance or no maintenance at all, he just goes out and does his job, prepares well,” Vigneault said of Henrik. “And he’s a real team guy. His focus is always on what the team needs.”

That’s what a leader does.

much more...

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Wrong Hand Henrik

via Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues were victimized last night. A 2-2 game, midway through the third period at Vancouver. Paul Kariya was sent off for two minutes for “slashing” Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin. There were only two problems with the call: (A) in an attempt to con the officials with an acting job, Sedin dramatically shook his left hand. Except that Kariya had actually “slashed” Sedin’s right hand. Still, it was very impressive the way Sedin thrashed that left hand around. He was in so much pain that he skated away from the puck — just abandoned the thing — during live action. Sedin was so good in conveying his near-death experience.

I wonder if the ref will have a pre-game chat with Henrik when the meet up again?  On the other hand, I doubt it…

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The Sedins In Action

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Time To Focus On Henrik Sedin

from Craig Simpson of CBC,

For years now, Henrik and twin brother Daniel have been very good players and by far the most productive Canucks, but until this season, they have yet to be recognized as superstar players league-wide. This season however, there is no disputing the fact that the Sedins are all that and more, and Henrik in particular, is well on his way to having a Hart Trophy worthy season.

It’s not unusual for much of the media attention to focus on the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Crosby (both are worthy recipients). Henrik Sedin, in this his ninth NHL season often flies under the radar. Maybe it’s the fact that he plays on the West Coast, or maybe it’s his quiet demeanour, but rarely does he get the respect that his play on the ice deserves.


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Taking Notice Of The Sedins

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

To some degree, points have stopped being the point of reference when evaluating the play of Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

A player’s contribution to the scoresheet is always going to be a factor when evaluating his play, but the twins have passed the threshold where their worth is constantly assessed by clicking on their stats.

That said, these guys are tearing it up right now.

Henrik, in particular, is having a heroic season. He’s on pace for 34 goals and 104 points, totals that would obliterate his previous career highs of 22 and 82.


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Sedins Happy With What Is Going On With MoDo

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

(Daniel) Sedin and his brother Henrik are both pleased to see what’s happening back home in Ornskoldsvik, where their hometown Swedish Elite League team, MoDo, has been revitalized by the addition of Peter Forsberg and the impending return of former Canuck captain Markus Naslund.

“They are struggling right now,” Daniel said of MoDo. “There are not a lot of people in the stands and financially they are not doing that good. This is going to help them a lot. They are pretty much sold out tonight (Thursday night).”

That sell-out crowd went home happy after Forsberg scored two goals and set up another in MoDo’s 4-0 win over Lulea. That’s two wins and six points in two games for Forsberg since he joined the team.

Both Daniel and Henrik acknowledged this week that they think about doing what Forsberg and Naslund are and return to play there in the twilight of their careers.

read on

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