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by George Malik on 02/13/14 at 03:00 PM ET
This just pisses me off. Drive-by Tweet and a half.
So Twitter freaks out, I go check all of the "Swedish Media" sources I know of, I go and try to find out who the hell "Bo Rylander" is (not a journalist), and I find that nothing has changed since this morning. According to the "Swedish Media," Zetterberg's herniated disc is bothering him and he had treatment on Thursday, and Zetterberg's care is being coordinated between Team Sweden and the Red Wings' medical staff. He's iffy for tomorrow's game against Switzerland but the technical term for his status is "day to day."
The world has not ended as far as I can tell. If that changes, I will let you know, and in the interim, Stuffy McStuffinpants told me I have a date with Sammy Braddy on Valentine's Day.
Update: Speaking of which...
Well yes, he may be done. And he may play. He may have been abducted by Azeri rebels. He may be having a ham sandwich.
Via Paul (Kukla), per TSN...
The Swedish men's Olympic hockey team announced on Thursday that centre Henrik Zetterberg has a herniated disc in his back. While his status is unknown for Friday's game against Switzerland, Swedish reports indicate that the Detroit Red Wings centre is done for the tournament.
Zetterberg, who scored a goal in Sweden's 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday, did not take part in the team's morning practice.
Team Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldenberg said Zetterberg has been dealing with the injury for several months.
"He has a problem with a disk hernia that we have been familiar with for some months ago, and he has had treatment in the U.S. But he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem."
Waldenberg said Zetterberg has not yet been ruled out for Sweden's match against Switzerland but the team would not take any risks.
"We (have) not decided yet until we see how he is tomorrow, and then we can do the decision with him and also with the NHL doctors that are here. We would of course not risk anything."
And NHL.com's Dan Rosen:
Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg did not take part in practice Thursday and missed the team picture due to a herniated disk.
Zetterberg is day-to-day and could still play against Switzerland on Friday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN), according to Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldeback.
"We will [make the] decision [Friday] and see how he feels and how he adjusts to anti-inflammatory treatment and rest," Waldeback said.
Zetterberg, also the captain of the Detroit Red Wings, has missed 13 NHL games this season due to back issues.
Zetterberg had a goal and won seven of 16 faceoffs in 18:14 of ice time Wednesday in Sweden’s 4-2 win against the Czech Republic.
[edit/update: Also auf Englisch, per the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Zetterberg, also the Detroit Red Wings’ captain, “has a problem with a disk hernia,” Team Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldeback said at Bolshoy Practice Arena. “We have been familiar with it for some months. He has treatment in the U.S., but he started here without any symptoms, and I think now the symptoms that he has is according to the disk problem.”
Zetterberg, 33, has had back problems on and off for several years.
Waldeback did not rule out the possibility that Zetterberg will play Friday, when Sweden takes on Switzerland in the second game of group preliminary play. However, Sweden might opt to rest Zetterberg and have him available when the tournament enters elimination stage.
Waldeback said Zetterberg stayed at the team hotel to rest after having had anti-inflammatory treatment. Whether Zetterberg plays will be up to him, Waldeback said, and the NHL doctors at the games. “We would, of course, not risk anything,” Waldeback said.
Coach Par Marts said, “Our doctor’s orders are No. 1, so I don’t know, actually. I’m hopeful. Hopefully, he can play. If not, then perhaps the other games.”
ACTUAL UPDATE HOLY SHIT TIME FOR CAPS: Expressen's Matttias Ek reports that Marcus Johansson would play if Zetterberg "can't go" tomorrow morning, Jonas Gustavsson will serve as Henrik Lundqvist's backup on Friday,.
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