Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella doesn’t want Henrik Sedin to play in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Canucks have shut down the Swede, who has been dealing with a lingering rib injury, for Vancouver’s final two games before the Olympic break.
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. The Canucks’ captain returned on Feb. 3 for two games but failed to record a point.
“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.”
Sedin leads the Canucks in assists with 31 and is tied for the team lead in points with brother Daniel, amassing 40 in 52 games this season.
Sweden kicks off its Olympic tournament with a matchup against Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic on Feb. 12.