What if Daniel Sedin was never hurt?

DSedin.jpgHenrik Sedin had one incredible season, one that I believe should
earn him the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. He was the
catalyst for a great year for the Canucks, and there’s no question he
was the force behind their success this season.

But it could have
better. More amazingly, his brother Daniel could have had a similarly
great season as well. The second half of the Sedin twins was injured
early in the season, and played just 63 games compared to brother
Henrik’s 82.

Henrik finished with 112 points, good for 1.36
points a game.

Daniel finished with 85 points in 63 games, or 1.34
points a game.

Imagine the numbers these two would have put up
together in 82 games, in a season where they both finally seemed to ‘get
it’. They turned the corner from great to elite, and it’s incredible
how it could have been even more magical. Of course, the way Daniel
describes it, there’s the though that his injury helped Henrik take that
next step. From
Jim Jamieson of The Province:

“When I got the injury, I didn’t know how Hank was going to react,
but seeing him produce when I was gone, I think it helped both of us,”
said Daniel on Monday, as the media hordes descended on GM Place to
chronicle what is clearly the most prestigious trophy win in the
Canucks’ 40-year history.

“Coming back I knew if he could do it
without me, we should be better with each other.

This is Crosby and Ovechkin playing on the same team;
two incredibly talented players just entering their prime who
compliments each other perfectly. That their twins — and seemingly
telepathic — makes them all the more dangerous.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?