Henrik Sedin will not be playing for Sweden at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Canucks shut down the Swedish forward, who has been dealing with a lingering rib injury, for Vancouver’s final two games before the Olympic break.
“We are shutting Henrik down for the next two games,” Tortorella told reporters on Thursday. “He wants to play, but he’s not as effective as we need him to be right now.”
“To me — and I’ve been in these situations before — that is a family matter and that is the player’s matter,” Tortorella said about whether Sedin would still participate in the Olympics. “That is his country and it’s a very, very delicate situation. Right now, do I want him to go? Absolutely not. I’m thinking about our hockey club. But I am not having a conversation with him about that. That’s his call. That’s your country. So he’s going to have to work that out with his family and let us know what he wants to do.”
Sedin missed six contests with a rib injury he suffered on Jan. 16 against the Phoenix Coyotes, ending the 33-year-old’s streak of consecutive games played at 679.
Sweden kicks off its Olympic tournament with a matchup against Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic on Feb. 12.