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Sweden settles on Henrik Sedin’s replacement

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Capitals forward Marcus Johansson will replace Henrik Sedin on Sweden’s Olympic roster, according to a report from Radiosporten. (Update: Sweden’s coach made the move official later on Friday.)

Johansson has seven goals and 27 assists for Washington this season. His 34 points puts the 23-year-old third in team scoring while averaging 17:33 of ice time per game.

Sedin (ribs) announced Thursday that he was physically unable to play for Sweden in Sochi.

“I’m disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games,” said Sedin in a release. “This is a difficult decision but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks. I wish my teammates the best and look forward to returning to play.”

Sweden opens its Olympic tournament Wednesday versus the Czech Republic.

Sweden’s Henrik Sedin out of Olympics

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Another major hockey star has been ruled out of the Sochi Olympics, and this time, it’s Vancouver Canucks captain and Swedish national team member Henrik Sedin.

Prior to Sedin’s confirmation that he would not suit up for Sweden in the Olympics, the Canucks had announced that he would be shut down for the last two games before the NHL went into its Olympic break.

Sedin has been dealing with a rib ailment that had kept him out of a recent string of games.

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Sochi was to be Sedin’s third run at the Olympics, after helping the Swedes claim the gold medal at Torino in 2006 and a fifth-place finish at Vancouver in 2010.

Pro Hockey Talk has more details.

Sweden Olympic men’s hockey team includes Henrik Lundqvist, Sedin twins

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Sweden has won the last two Olympic men’s hockey titles on European ice. It’s sending a team top heavy with stars and weighed down by injuries to Sochi.

It starts in net, where 2012 Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist will hope to find a spark during a break from the worst NHL season of his nine-year career. Lundqvist backstopped Sweden to its last Olympic gold in Torino in 2006.

Also returning from that 2006 team are All-Star forwards Henrik Zetterberg and twins Daniel and Henrik SedinDaniel Alfredsson, 41, will be going to his fifth Olympics.

The team will not include retired stars Peter Forsberg for the second time since 1992 and Nicklas Lidstrom for the first time since 1994.

Olympic hockey rosters: U.S. | Canada | Russia | Sweden | Finland | Czech Republic | Slovakia | Switzerland | Latvia | Norway | Austria | Slovenia

Though Sweden won Olympic gold in Lillehammer and Torino, it didn’t make it past the quarterfinals in 1998, 2002 or 2010.

Injuries have mounted over the last month.

Alexander Edler (knee) hasn’t played since Dec. 3, Loui Eriksson (concussion) since Dec. 7, Johan Franzen (concussion) since Dec. 15, Alexander Steen (concussion) since Dec. 21 and Jonathan Ericsson since Dec. 23 (ribs).

All could be replaced by Feb. 12.

Here’s Sweden’s full roster:

Goalies
Jhonas Enroth — Buffalo Sabres
Jonas Gustavsson — Detroit Red Wings
Henrik Lundqvist — New York Rangers

Defensemen
Alexander Edler — Vancouver Canucks
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Phoenix Coyotes
Jonathan Ericsson — Detroit Red Wings
Niklas Hjalmarsson — Chicago Blackhawks
Erik Karlsson — Ottawa Senators
Niklas Kronwall — Detroit Red Wings
Johnny Oduya — Chicago Blackhawks
Henrik Tallinder — Buffalo Sabres

Forwards
Daniel Alfredsson — Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Backstrom — Washington Capitals
Patrick Berglund — St. Louis Blues
Loui Eriksson — Boston Bruins
Johan Franzen — Detroit Red Wings
Carl Hagelin — New York Rangers
Marcus Kruger — Chicago Blackhawks
Gabriel Landeskog — Colorado Avalanche
Daniel Sedin — Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin — Vancouver Canucks
Jakob Silfverberg — Anaheim Ducks
Alexander Steen — St. Louis Blues
Henrik Zetterberg — Detroit Red Wings
Jimmie Ericsson