Henrik Sedin Out With Upper Body Injury

Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins announced that star centre and team captain Henrik Sedin will be out until after the all-star break.  Henrik Sedin has been sent home by the team as they continue their road trip.

Henrik Sedin was injured during the first period of the Canucks 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.  He was hit from behind by Islanders centre Mikhail Grabovski. Grabovski was assessed a major penalty for boarding on the play as well as a game misconduct.

Henrik Sedin Out With Upper Body Injury

“We’ll probably send him back [to Vancouver] so he won’t have any more games the rest of the road trip,” Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready after the All-Star break. I think it’s probably a 10-day injury or so.”

The 35-year-old centre has nine goals and 28 assists for 37 points in 44 games this season.

“He’s not too happy; he wants to play every game and he’s upset,” Henrik’s twin brother Daniel said. “But he has to face the facts that if he’s not 100 percent, he needs to rest. It’ll be tough playing a few games without him.”

In Henrik Sedin’s abscence, rookie Jared McCann will take his place centring Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata on the Canucks first line.

“[McCann] is a lot of faster than Henrik,” Daniel Sedin said with a grin. “They are different players. Jared plays with speed and tries to beat guys 1-on-1. We played together before Christmas and did a good job. We’re hoping for the best against a good team [Tuesday].”

The Canucks have two games left in their six game eastern road trip.


Main Photo Credit: ANAHEIM, CA – JANUARY 05:  Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks receives high fives from the bench after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at Honda Center on January 5, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)