Canucks star winger Sedin has concussion
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault says injured winger Daniel Sedin has a concussion.
The team remains mum on the left wing's condition, or if he will be able to return to action before the playoffs.
"He's got a concussion, and when we have something more to say, we'll say it," said Vigneault ahead of Vancouver's game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. "We're just going to follow the (concussion) protocol, and when we have more, we'll share it with you."
Sedin was sidelined Wednesday by an elbow to the head from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith that resulted in a five-game suspension.
Sedin's condition has been a hot topic since he was hurt, but Vigneault's comments were the team's first public confirmation of his injury.
Sedin's brother, teammate and fellow All-Star, Henrik, says the league should change its rules to allow for the assessment of tougher in-game punishment against an offender's team.
"On the ice, the referees should have an easier time giving out a few more minutes for the dangerous hits, I think — elbows, boarding, charging and that kind of stuff," said Henrik Sedin. "They're going to injure players. Players are going to respect that more, maybe, than a one or two-game suspension, because if you hurt your team in a game and you lose because of a stupid play, that's going to hurt more in front of your teammates than, maybe, a one or two-game suspension."
Keith's lack of previous suspensions influenced the length of the suspension handed down by league chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Henrik Sedin said the length of the suspension does not matter.
"It's about respecting other players, and I hope (Keith) learns something from it — and it doesn't happen again," said Henrik Sedin.
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