VANCOUVER — Henrik Sedin isn’t about to lose sleep over comments by Kings’ defenceman Drew Doughty suggesting that he and brother Daniel are “slack” defensively.
“I don’t care at all,” Henrik said before Monday night’s game against Los Angeles. “Zero per cent.”
Doughty wasn’t around early Monday afternoon to defend his comments, which were posted by the Kings-affiliated website lakingsinsider.com.
“We saw the last time they came here when they’re not creating offence, they kind of slack on the defensive end (and) we took advantage of that,” Doughty was quoted as saying after Sunday’s practice in Los Angeles. “I think they were minus two or three.”
Daniel and Henrik were both minus two in that 5-1 loss to the Kings on Nov. 9 at the Staples Center Several Vancouver reporters waited for Doughty in the Los Angeles dressing room after the Kings’ game-day skate on Monday, but were told by a team official that he was on the team bus. Doughty must have used the back door to the visitors dressing room to get to the bus.
Henrik Sedin said he wasn’t interested in responding to Doughty’s comments, but defended he and Daniel’s defensive play.
“I am not going to comment,” Henrik said. “We focus a lot on our defensive game. We always have, we take pride in that. From day one in this league we have never, I think, cheated to create offence. The last couple of years we have mainly been put in a position to score goals, didn’t play PK, we didn’t take a lot of faceoffs in our own end because our team was built that way. But like I said, we have never cheated, we take a lot of pride in playing well defensively, we want to be complete players so that is my only comment.
“I think our plus-minus shows that we are not cheating. You look around the league and there are a lot of players who are putting a lot of points up on the board and they are still minus players.”
Henrik was plus-six heading into Monday night’s game, while Daniel was plus-five.
THEY”RE NO. 4: The Canucks are ranked as the fourth most valuable NHL team by Forbes magazine.
The magazine put the enterprise value (equity plus net debt) of the Canucks at $700 million US, behind only Toronto ($1.15 billion), the New York Rangers ($850 million) and Montreal Canadiens ($775 million). The Chicago Blackhawks ($625 million) rounded out the top five.
Forbes said this is the first time since it began tracking NHL team values in 1998 that three Canadian teams have been in the top five.
The magazine said the average NHL team now has a value of $413 million, 46 per cent more than a year ago.
Forbes said the Canucks’ operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $15.8 million in the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season.
BOOTH”S BACK: Winger David Booth, who returned to the lineup Monday night after sitting out the last three games as a healthy scratch, blames a rash of recent injuries for his skating troubles.
Booth has said he feels like he has lost some of his speed and explosiveness.
“I played 12 games last year, 12 this year and when you have a knee injury, you break your ankle, tweak your groin, I mean those things, it’s tough,” Booth said before Monday night’s game. “Unless you go through those things I guess you don’t really understand.
“All my injuries have been lower body and I don’t want to make excuses or anything, but that is the reality of it. It’s not like I took the summer off and was sitting in a pool all day or something. I worked as hard as I could, but those things add up.”
RIGHT AT HOME: The Kings have their fathers on their two-game road trip that also visits San Jose on Wednesday night.
The father of backup goalie Martin Jones didn’t have far to travel to join the team in Vancouver. Jones’ dad is Harvey Jones, vice president of construction with Canucks Sports & Entertainment.
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