Daniel Sedin hasn’t got a text message from Duncan Keith and he shouldn’t waste any time waiting by his phone for that to change.
Keith says he has no plans to apologize for last year’s cheap shot, which left Daniel with a concussion.
“I don’t really want to get into the situation,” Keith said, when asked if he’d ever say sorry. “For me, it’s almost a year ago now and I’ve moved forward.
“I was glad to see him come back and play in the playoffs and I mean that.”
We’re going to guess Keith misspoke with what he said next.
“I think, for the most part, I’m a pretty honest player,” Keith said. “Obviously, I got suspended and I was punished for that, you know, so that’s something obviously, I’m very proud of.”
His body language suggested he left “not” out of that last sentence right before “very.” He was pulled away by a PR staffer so there wasn’t a chance to clarify that one.
We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
The Canucks were infuriated with the hit. Not only with Keith but with the reaction from the referee. For a vicious elbow that he drove through Daniel’s chin, Keith got a two-minute penalty.
The next day, Alain Vignault called out referee Dan O’Halloran without naming him.
“We got a big two-minute power play off that hit from the same referee — remember last year when Daniel got punched six times in the face in the Boston series?” Vigneault said. “I seem to remember it was the same guy.”
Yes, yes, we remember. And guess what? O’Halloran is officiating tonight’s game. Good times.
Does Keith expect to be targeted?
“I’m not really focused on what they’re going to do,” Keith said. “They have a good team. I think we have a good team, too. I think we’re focused on what we’re going to do out there and how we’re going to play.
“I’m not worried about anything else.”