Daniel and Henrik Sedin demand to be split up as season-long quarrel boils over

The Canucks have been wildly inconsistent all year, but if there’s been one thing that Vancouver hockey fans have been able to expect from this team night in and night out, it’s the sight of Daniel and Henrik Sedin playing on the same line. But now it would appear that this too is in jeopardy.

The Swedish twins have been playing together despite a lengthy quarrel all season long, but over the weekend, both decided enough was enough, independently approaching coach Alain Vigneault and demanding to be split up.

According to a report from the Vancouver Sun’s Elliott Pap, Henrik Sedin was the first to demand a new linemate, citing stale play as the primary reason for the split. “I think both of us would benefit from new linemates, new challenges,” Henrik said. “We’ve become predictable to defenders and to one another. This team needs more offence from us and we can no longer provide it together.”

The Sedins’ unhappiness playing together was evident during Saturday night’s blowout at the hands of the Oilers, when the line struggled to generate much of anything despite trailing Edmonton by four. Henrik and Daniel looked uninspired and out of synch at even-strength and on the powerplay, where they’ve struggled all season, largely due to their personal issues with one another. The loss  of chemistry was apparently the final straw for the brothers, who have been working through a strained relationship ever since the lockout ended and the players won the right to individual hotel rooms for veteran players. Suddenly, after decades of rooming together on the road, the Sedins were given their own rooms, and the change in environment appears to have brought a lot of suppressed frustration to the surface.

“It’s nice that you can be on your own schedule and sleep whenever you want and not get disturbed by a guy who wants to watch TV or stuff like that,” Daniel told Brad Ziemer back in February, before diplomatically adding, “We might go back next year.”

But as it turns out, that was never a serious consideration. Daniel claims he was trying to spare his brother’s feelings and that, while he may be the youngest, Henrik’s the baby, but he’s tired of coddling the eldest Sedin. Daniel explained that this year has helped him to realize how much he doesn’t really want his brother around, and how the new road arrangements have helped him to get away from Henrik’s infuriating penchant for watching late-night infomercials and loudly responding to the questions of the narrator. From the Sun:

“I hate being woken up to the sound of my goofy older brother shouting, ‘That does always happen to me!’” Daniel mumbled. “I hate it, just like I hate when he reads comics by flashlight.”

Daniel clarified that it was really the way Henrik plays hockey that upsets him the most.

“He sucks, mainly,” Daniel said. “Have you noticed he never shoots? What’s up with that? A few games ago, he left me with a wide-open net after a pass. I passed it right back to him. Then, when we were back at the bench, he says, ‘Why didn’t you shoot’? Like, why do I always have to shoot. Maybe he should shoot. Did he ever think of that?”

“It’s always the same thing with him. Skate laterally along the blue line, drop pass for me, then when I pass it back, the same no-look backhand saucer pass. I’ve asked Coach Vig to put me with Mason Raymond. You never know when that crazy kid’s gonna take a tumble. I want that kind of unpredictability in my life.”

Daniel also complained that he’s been asking Henrik to get a different beard style since 1999. In his most frustrated moment, he simply said, “I’m sick of his s***.”

Alain Vigneault was the first to admit it’s not an optimal situation, especially for a team in a playoff race. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “Obviously, we need them playing together. Whenever I split them up, they hijack the room by demanding their teammates vote on which line is the first line and which line is the second. It’s very distracting.”

But this time, it’s the twins driving the decision, not Vigneault. Shortly after demanding the change, they broke the news to Alex Burrows, sitting the French-Canadian winger down and explaining that it wasn’t his fault, and that he’d be playing on a line with Daniel during the week but skating on Henrik’s wing on every second weekend and some holidays.

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April Fool’s, obviously.

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20 comments

  1. Brent
    April 1, 2013

    Now this is what I expected when I logged on to your site on April Fools, but a disclaimer! Really!?!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 1, 2013

      Yeah. We have to have a disclaimer, so as to avoid getting chewed out by our employers for a falsified report.

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      • Brent
        April 1, 2013

        Tell those jerks to stop writing policy and get this web page operating properly. Still some weird stuff going on, seems I have to log in for every comment, and still getting the “you are posting to quickly slow down…..

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        • Mt
          April 1, 2013

          Also, so you know, the links to the older pages/posts don’t work. You know the links at the bottom that go like this: 1>2>3>4>5>.

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      • dougster
        April 1, 2013

        Anybody who reads this blog even semi-regularly, and doesn’t realize it is a joke (the post, not the blog) is, well, an April fool!

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        • Harrison Mooney
          April 1, 2013

          Well yeah, but it’s linked on the Sun site too. Unfortunately, we’ve gotta cover our butts.

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          • Harrison's yoga pants
            April 1, 2013

            I thought that was my job

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            • Daniel Wagner
              April 1, 2013

              Comment of the month.

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  2. Connor
    April 1, 2013

    Breaking the twins up would be like leaving your wife after 50 years of marriage.

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  3. Nee
    April 1, 2013

    The real April Fool’s is that I tried to post a comment just now but it said I was “posting comments too quickly” and didn’t post the comment.

    Except that I hadn’t commented on PITB since early last week… : (

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 1, 2013

      We’re having problems with the server, as usual. It’s happening to me too.

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  4. Aliyah
    April 1, 2013

    Oh this gave me a good laugh.

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  5. EllynBleu
    April 1, 2013

    Harrison, after reading this blog, I didn’t know whether to shake my head … or cry. Stranger things have happened recently (Iginla in a Pens uniform, Sidney out with injury again, Schneider totally off his game).

    Then I realized the date was April Fool’s Day! Then I laughed.

    Then again … you weren’t serious, were you.

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  6. Andre
    April 1, 2013

    Trade Henrik for Luongo!

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  7. Scout
    April 1, 2013

    I’m just sad we have to wait until after the game for strombone1 April Fool’s tomfoolery.

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  8. Cathylu
    April 1, 2013

    Brilliant!

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  9. Zach Morris
    April 1, 2013

    …I’ll admit, you got me for a few seconds

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  10. C-dawg
    April 1, 2013

    no…No….NO! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Oh wait, its April Fool’s

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  11. Dani
    April 1, 2013

    I read this at work (first mistake) while I was up front at the circulation desk (second mistake) and busted out laughing right in front of a patron, who, obviously, looked at me like I was outside my mind – which I’m not denying, but still.

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  12. Mt
    April 1, 2013

    “He sucks, mainly” pure gold. I especially like how you eased into it. First I knew it was parody then I thought it just might be real, then I read on and realized I”m a dufus. Well done.

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