By Derek Jory
Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, today’s news that Daniel Sedin skated with the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since suffering a concussion is either great news or great news that muddies the waters.
Everyone agrees having Daniel Sedin back in the line-up will be magnificent, but with the timing of his return still up in the air, hockey poolies have a tough decision to make.
Take Daniel and hope for the best or steer clear with his status still unknown?
“I don’t know, you should ask him and hear what he says,” replied Henrik Sedin, when ask if Daniel will return in time for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final Wednesday in Vancouver.
At the end of the day all that matters is Daniel is recovering and his appearance in practice Monday was a giant leap forward.
“It’s one of those things where I think a few days ago he was at that breaking point where he was going to start feeling better or keep going feeling the same way that he had,” explained Henrik. “The last few days have been a good sign, he’s been more positive and I found out yesterday he was going to skate today, so that was good.”
Henrik and all the Canucks reiterated the same sentiments that having Daniel back in the line-up means the world to the team.
“He’s a positive and upbeat guy and he brings that positive attitude to the dressing room,” added Henrik. “He’s a good player, he’s one of the best forwards in the league and it’s always nice to have those guys in the line-up, we’ve been missing him and Kevin here for a while, so it’s nice to have him back.”
Zack Kassian also skated with the Canucks Monday; he’s missed the last two games with an upper-body injury he describes as a ‘stinger’ from a follow through on a shot.
Kassian also isn’t sure when he’ll return, but time is on his side with the Canucks playing at most seven times in the opening round over the next 17 days.
The Canucks have known since Saturday night they’ll be facing off against the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of the 2012 Staney Cup Playoffs, but Monday was the first time the players discussed the match-up.
”I think they’re a big a physical team and very well coached and don’t give up very much defensively and their goaltender is having a terrific season,” assessed Roberto Luongo.
“We’ve played that style throughout the whole year, and last time in the playoffs as well we had a bunch of games that we won 1-0 or 2-1. It’s going to be about making sure we’re patient team and we don’t force things and wait for opportunities and when we get them we have to capitalize.”
The Canucks will practice again Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s opening game.