There was no shortage of questions for Daniel Sedin after practice on Tuesday. The 2010-11 NHL scoring champ skated with the Canucks for the first time since arriving in Los Angeles and, upon finishing, was promptly bombarded with queries from the media.
Before getting into Sedin’s quotes, a quick overview. He reportedly had an optimistic vibe about playing in Game 4 — even though the Vancouver Province’s Jason Botchford noted that, because Sedin has been unable to work out, he’s in his worst shape “in five years.”
That said, TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported Sedin will “focus on the PP and will take his chances 5 on 5,” should he play Wednesday.
Okay, to the man himself…heeeeeeere’s Daniel!
On symptoms: “I haven’t had a headache for a while now.”
On the recovery struggle: “It’s probably been the toughest time mentally that I’ve been through and I’m just happy to be back.”
On skating again: “It felt great. It’s been a tough four weeks. It’s good to be back, first of all feeling good.”
On playing in Game 4: “We’ll take it day-by-day. Today felt good and we’ll see how it is tomorrow morning.”
On the large, long-lasting media scrum: “I really missed you guys.”
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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.