Murphy’s Mailbag: Daniel Sedin answers your questions

Brian Burke narrates the story of Vancouver Canucks legends Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

With it being Sedin Week, I decided to have a Sedin-only mailbag. So I needed to get one of them on the record for some of the questions you guys posed.

Who would I pick? My favourite of the two? Absolutely not. I texted them both and whoever got back to me first was going to be the “winner.” As you can see it took Daniel exactly one minute to respond. Frankly, I would have liked a more prompt response.

So for this week, lets’ get right into the Sedin mailbag, ahead of their jersey retirement ceremony on Wednesday night.

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Daniel Sedin: Donald Brashear.

Sedin: Matthias Ohlund.

Sedin: No chance. Our cardio is there, but we’ve lost too much muscle mass.

The 2019 Vancouver Marathon

Murphy note: The twins are still tremendously fit. Perhaps more so now than ever. Last Saturday they both completed the Vancouver half marathon in 1:20:00

Sedin: He knows what to do, but don’t even get bothered by it. Just keep playing the game. I know it can be frustrating sometimes, but he’s good enough to just play through it to have success. And I think he knows that, too.

Sedin: I’m coaching my son in soccer and they’re all playing soccer. That’s their main one. Henrik’s kids as well. My oldest daughter plays volleyball as well, but I’m not coaching that.

Murphy: And hockey?

Sedin: Our kids are not playing hockey in the future, I’m pretty sure about that.

Sedin: Blue Water Cafe

Sedin: Probably playing with Anson Carter that year (2005-06). We came back after the lockout and we just felt a lot better on the ice. And playing with him, too, he had played with first-liners on other teams before and we learned some stuff with him. We also realized we’re strong enough to play our game the way we wanted to play the game.

Sedin: Petey or J.T. Miller.

Sedin: Oh yeah, I definitely have. That’s all I have to say.

Murphy: Maybe we should shotgun a few on the ice to wrapup your speeches?

Sedin: That would be a disaster.

Budweiser has put out Sedin Jersey Retirement beer packs for this occasion. And the commercial will give you the feels.

Murphy: It took me a good 2-3 years to be absolutely sure. Once you get it, it’s hard to believe you ever had difficulty because they do look different. John Shorthouse says he can tell who is who just by listening to them. I’m certainly not there yet, and I likely never will be.

Daniel says that most of the players learned to tell them apart, but coach Marc Crawford could never do it. Maybe at the end, but it took some time.

Murphy: I’m not sure there is one moment in my eyes that defined them as the leaders of the team. Certainly when Markus Naslund left after the 2007-08 season the team belonged to Daniel and Henrik, and I guess Roberto Luongo as well. I will say this, though, and I think about it often: There were so many tragic moments in their early time as leaders with the Canucks that they were forced to become stand up leaders and the steadying force of the team. Just think that after Naslund’s final season:

Luc Bourdon died in a motorcycle accident in the summer of 2008. Then in April of 2009 Taylor Pyatt’s fiance, Carly Bragnalo, was killed in a car accident while on vacation. Manny Malhotra almost lost an eye in March of 2011 and then just five months later Rick Rypien committed suicide. Just one of these moments would be difficult to deal with. But four of them in a stretch of four years? Unfathomable. And every time, who was front and centre addressing these terrible situations with the media? Daniel and Henrik Sedin. I’m guessing that makes you grow up in a hurry.

Murphy: I know many have already heard about this one, but there was a game at home relatively early in their careers when Henrik was waved out of the face-off circle. So he did a little lazy loop right behind Daniel and went right back to the dot to take the draw. Not one of the four officials noticed.

Daniel says, “Henrik talked to the linesman after, too. He was laughing”.

Murphy: Yes it happened. It was at the Igloo in Pittsburgh — before they moved to the new rink and I guess before I had figured out how to tell them apart. I can’t remember who I asked for. So let’s just say it was Daniel. At that rink, the interview guests would come from the locker room behind me, so in my defence, I never really had a good look at which twin it was as he approached. I just assumed the guy I asked for was coming. Well, I assumed wrong. Henrik did the interview as if he was Daniel and I didn’t clue in. I believe the trainers were in cahoots as well so they were having a good chuckle. It wasn’t until we were on the plane that they told me the truth. Couple of big, fat liars those Sedins.

Murphy: Again, I’m not sure there is a singular moment. But everything you hear about them being better off the ice than on is true. And that is a tough accomplishment. If they asked about your family, they really wanted to know about your family. They listened. I remember my wife saw one of them in Yaletown and texted me. I told her to go introduce herself and say hi. She did and was instantly questioned about our daughter’s skiing exploits in Whistler and our dog. It was Henrik, and yes he remembered the names of our child and dog.

As for at the rink, I’ll always remember them standing there for wave after wave of media after the most difficult loss of their careers. Yes many guys came out to talk after Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. But only Daniel and Henrik stayed front and centre until there were no more questions to be asked.

Murphy: I’m not unlike many. I do love the Henrik tip pass to Daniel for the between-the-legs tally in the season finale of 2010.

They’ve had so many tic-tac-toe goals that it’s tough to narrow my favourite down. So let’s go with a different type of Sedinery. Henrik passing between-the-legs of Antti Niemi for a Burrows tap-in.

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