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Sedins Likely to Sit Year Out: Lockout 2012

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To the disappointment of Örnsköldsvik hockey fans and presumably Modo General Manager and former Canucks captain Markus Naslund, the Sedin twins have decided that they probably won't play in the SEL next season in the event of a lockout.

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That's according to Daniel Sedin who is quoted by Swedish sports media site Nyheter24 as saying that not only will the twins not play in the SEL next season (in the event of a lockout), but they may not play professional hockey at all if there is an NHL lockout. Here's a translation (it's an amalgamation of google translate and some direct translation from Expressen's Jonatan Lindquist):

"We'll go over [to Vancouver]. We have children who go to school so we'll see what happens. It will be clearer when the season is about to start, how long the lockout will be if there is one. But we have decided to go over and be there."

On playing with Modo:

"No. Or, of course it depends a lot on how long the lockout will be, but we will at least start the season over there."

Would they take a full season off if there is a lockout:

"Absolutely, we see no problem with that. We can keep on working out and practicing anyway."

In order to earn a cheque while the owners and the Players Association square off, NHLers have quickly filled up European hockey rosters during NHL work stoppages in the past. Already in the Swedish press,there are breathless reports of Henrik Lundqvist Erik Karlsson and Loui Erikkson teaming up to play for Frölunda, for example.

The twins have racked up a lot of mileage, and in Daniel's case some concerning injuries (a back ailment, in addition to a concussion) over the past few seasons. In addition to the abuse they take from the opposition on a game-to-game basis, both twins are very committed to fitness so it's realistic that some extended down time away from professional hockey could even prove useful to them in the medium term.

On the other hand, part of the reason that Henrik Sedin hasn't missed a regular season game in nearly a decade, is that the twins are well-known for being addicted to playing hockey. By all accounts the twins love to compete, love the grind and are loathe to miss any games. In the event of a lockout, I wouldn't be concerned about them getting rusty because of time-off, but I'm kind of skeptical about their ability to actually step away from the game for that long!

Let's hope this is all for naught, and that the NHL and the NHLPA manage to hammer out a deal at some point in the next couple of months. The twins play the game so beautifully that, for the hockey world to be deprived of their skillful passing exhibitions for an entire season... Well, it seems almost cruel.

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It's a blog quoting a blog. He didn't explicitly say he'd take the year off or not go to MoDo, just that he would be here for the start of the season and would continue to practice. I'm not worried about what two questionable sources made of an off hand quote.

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Good for them .. putting their families first .. and avoiding needless wear and tear .. fresh and healthy sounds like a plus to me ..

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Good for them .. putting their families first .. and avoiding needless wear and tear .. fresh and healthy sounds like a plus to me ..

Agreed. Their kids are at an age where they probably have friends here and it'd be quite the adjustment to put them into school back in Sweden only to pull them out once the lockout ended.

And there are plenty of opportunities for them to stay in shape here. They can practice with the Giants, maybe run some hockey camps, and of course, they can practice with the rest of the players who will be here as well.

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Good for them .. putting their families first .. and avoiding needless wear and tear .. fresh and healthy sounds like a plus to me ..

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I see this as a tactic against Bettman, and I hope others follow as well. If lots of the superstars sit out, suddenly games are much more boring when the season finally begins, therefore losing Bettman lots of money because people just aren't interested.

Bettman is a complete idiot. It's sickening that we're about to have 2 lockouts within the last 10 years.

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im sure they'll practice on a regular basis, it's not like they're going to get all fat and sit around all year.

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im sure they'll practice on a regular basis, it's not like they're going to get all fat and sit around all year.

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I see this as a tactic against Bettman, and I hope others follow as well. If lots of the superstars sit out, suddenly games are much more boring when the season finally begins, therefore losing Bettman lots of money because people just aren't interested.

Bettman is a complete idiot. It's sickening that we're about to have 2 lockouts within the last 10 years.

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I think it's a smart move if there is a lockout, Daniel will have more time to fully recover from his concussion (the more time the better) and Henrik could use the rest as well.

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great now we'll have two Sundin in 2013-14 if there's no hockey in 2012-13. LOL

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... have you never watched Family Guy? Easily most random show ive ever seen.. South Park is nowhere near. Both hillarious though, in their own ways.

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thats a good plan for henrik and daniel. i like how these 2 take care of themselves, and how they love the game.

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I see this as a tactic against Bettman, and I hope others follow as well. If lots of the superstars sit out, suddenly games are much more boring when the season finally begins, therefore losing Bettman lots of money because people just aren't interested.

Bettman is a complete idiot. It's sickening that we're about to have 2 lockouts within the last 10 years.

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