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CBC Sports - Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 17:00 ET

Henrik Sedin won't play for Sweden at Sochi Olympics

Canucks captain dealing with rib injury

Henrik Sedin
Henrik Sedin won't be able to join brother Daniel at the Olympics. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Henrik Sedin will not join brother Daniel in Sochi.

The Vancouver Canucks captain announced Thursday he will not play for Sweden in the Winter Olympics due to a rib injury.

The 33-year-old forward has been dealing with bruised ribs for the past two weeks, missing six games following an injury during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 16.

"I'm disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games," Sedin said in a statement. "This is a difficult decision but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks.

"I wish my teammates the best and look forward to returning to play."

Canucks coach John Tortorella had already announced Sedin won't be in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday.

The veteran has nine goals and 31 assists this season with Vancouver.

Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund, Nashville Predators' Patric Hornqvist and Washington Capitals' Marcus Johansson are among the possible candidates to replace Sedin

The Swedish team is set to announce a substitute on Friday

Gaborik pulls out too

Slovakia will be missing one of its top players too after Marian Gaborik, who suffered a broken collarbone in December last year, wasn't cleared by doctors to play in Sochi.

"I'm extremely disappointed that I won't be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team," said Gaborik in a statement. "I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future."

The Columbus Blue Jackets winger has five goal and seven assists in 18 games this season.

"Marian has worked extremely hard and done everything possible to rehabilitate his injury and return to the ice with the hope of representing his country in Sochi," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We share his deep disappointment that he will not be able to do so, but are optimistic that he will be fully recovered very soon."

 

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