The 2014 Olympic hockey games are only days away from beginning and for some teams who are going to be facing injuries from the get go, we at least now know who will be replacing Sweden's Henrik Sedin.
From a release sent out by the NHL today, we learned that the Washington Capitals' left winger Marcus Johansson will indeed be the replacement for Team Sweden's Henrik Sedin.
While Johansson isn't quite the caliber player Henrik Sedin is, Marcus is the third leading scorer on the Washington Capitals tallying up a total of 36 points so far this season. Not necessarily known as a goal-scorer this year, Johansson has been quite the helper dealing out the second most assists for the Caps at 29.
Vancouver fans can breath a sigh of relief that Henrik will not be participating in the Olympics this year, and head coach John Tortorella is among those who previously voiced his disapproval of Sedin even thinking about playing in the Olympics.
"I'll tell you right now: Do I want him to go? Absolutely not," Tortorella said.
Henrik discussed his injury and admitted that even though he has tried hard to be ready for the games, he just isn't one hundred percent ready to go.
"I can not do myself justice, the injury to the upper body has not healed as I had hoped. The two games I played this week since I made a comeback after injury has been painful and I have not been able to go a hundred percent," Sedin said.
This is an issue many players, coaches, general managers and fans will all face throughout the duration of the games, worrying about a star player injuring themselves for the rest of the season. Additionally, these matchups will not be soft encounters as every player who plays will want to win the gold for their country.
It's a physical game and the 2014 Olympic hockey games could have a major say in who makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and who ultimately hoists it above their heads in June.
The women's ice hockey tournament begins tomorrow, while the men will hold off until Wednesday, February 12th. The men from Sweden open their tournament that day when they face off against the Czech Republic.