Daniel Sedin blinks at the worst possible time.
Considering how short the Vancouver Canucks’ 2012-2013 season was in the end — with 34 games lopped off the front part and a piddly, depressing 4 added to the back part — one can understand why a few might be happy to join their respective national teams at the World Championships. These guys were hoping to play somewhere in the vicinity of 100 games this year. Instead, they played about half that.
And thus, it’s off to Scandinavia for several Canucks.
Denmark will get Nicklas Jensen, but not Jannik Hansen, who stays home to recover from an injury. It’s a bummer. They could have used Hansen, especially since he becomes insane the moment he sets foot on international ice. Meanwhile, Team Sweden will get the largest contingent, as you might expect since the Canucks have a lot of Swedes: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alex Edler flew home Friday to don the Tre kronor.
But there’s another reason the twins were so willing to go to the Worlds beyond a desire to keep playing hockey. No, it’s not that the Sweden is hosting the tournament. Don’t be ridiculous. It’s because they just don’t care about the Stanley Cup — at least according to the gentleman in this video.
Now, the primary purpose of this clip is to argue that Brian Burke should replace Mike Gillis as GM (which would be hilarious), but it also features a brief diatribe beginning at 0:46 about how the Sedins’ willingness to go play for their country shows they just don’t care.
“And you know what’s the worst part of this whole thing? The Sedin brothers. No sooner has this team been eliminated than these guys want to go play for Sweden in the World Championships.”
Yep. As soon as they have nothing to do, they accept an invitation to go do something. Typical.
“You just lost out in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you got beat four games straight, now you’re just gonna take your sorry asses and go over there and play for your country?”
It’s unconscionable. New rule: if you get swept, you’re barred from international hockey for one full year. Think about that, Sedins. Maybe next time you’ll win at least one game so you still get to go play in your precious international tournament, you selfish patriots.
My favourite part is when the guy uses Phil Kessel’s unwillingness to join Team USA a few years back as evidence that he has his priorities in the right place. I get it. Europeans care about international hockey. North Americans know better than to waste their time playing for their stupid country. We’ve seen this argument before.
Anyway, on Friday, it was announced that Dan Hamhuis would also be joining Team Canada, we will assume because he was brainwashed by the Sedins.Tags: Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Nicklas Jensen, World Championship