The Daniel Sedin drama ambles onwards in Vancouver, at times a pantomime, others a farce.
The star scorer’s status for Game 1 against Los Angeles on Wednesday remains unknown. But, as of Tuesday at noon, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault says Sedin hasn’t suffered any setback in his recovery from concussion.
Sedin, brutally concussed by an elbow March 21, first appeared back in public on Monday, practising with teammates after skating privately. It looked like he was ready for Game 1. He didn’t speak with reporters on Monday but his brother Henrik said he was “100 per cent.”
On Tuesday morning, the Canucks website promoted a Noon PT live broadcast of a Daniel Sedin media scrum. But come the 11 a.m. team practice, Sedin was nowhere to be seen, sparking much speculation.
Then, around Noon, Sedin was on the ice, when most reporters were in the locker room interviewing players. Sedin was on the ice with other convalescing Canucks, such as Keith Ballard. As on Monday, Sedin skated with vigour Tuesday, and didn’t wear a jersey or helmet that declared he was off-limits for contact.
A Canucks PR person called the promotion of Daniel’s scrum “a mistake.” Coach Alain Vigneault said Daniel’s practice schedule was indicative of the Canucks following the “protocol” when it comes to concussion recovery.
Vigneault said Sedin would play as soon as he is ready. “It’s the playoffs,” Vigneault said during a regular press conference on Tuesday just after Noon.
As for Sedin’s health, whether there was a re-occurrence of concussion symptoms in the past 24 hours, Vigneault was declarative: “It’s not a setback.”