Torts on Henrik+Olympics: "Do I want him to go? Absolutely not. But...that is his call. He's going to have to work that out."—
Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) February 06, 2014
Maybe Steven Stamkos was lucky.
His Olympic dream wasn’t his own to end. When it came time to make a decision on whether his broken leg had healed sufficiently to allow him to suit up for Team Canada, his doctors stepped in and mercifully pulled the plug.
The decision won’t be so bloodless for Henrik Sedin.
The Canucks announced this morning that they would shut down their captain for the team’s final two pre-Olympic games after he was was ineffective playing through a rib injury on Tuesday night against the Bruins.
It’s the right call for the team and the player. Anyone who watched the game could tell that breathing, let alone the slightest contact, was agony for Sedin. Outside of a boatload of courage, he doesn’t bring much value to the table in the short term. It makes sense, then, for Vancouver to take the long view of his recovery.
But can Sedin do the same?