Winter Olympics 2014: Henrik Sedin, Marian Gaborik will not be participating

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Henrik Sedin and Marian Gaborik will not be able to represent their countries at the Olympics due to injuries.

On the same day that Canada announced a replacement for the injured Steven Stamkos, two more teams found out that they will need to replace top players for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Vancouver's Henrik Sedin (Sweden) and Columbus' Marian Gaborik (Slovakia) will both miss the 10-day tournament as they continue to recover from injuries.

In a statement released by the Canucks, Sedin said, "I'm disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games. 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."

Sedin has missed time this season due to hand and rib injuries, and will not play in Vancouver's next two games -- including Thursday in Montreal -- before the Olympic break.

Gaborik has been out of Columbus' lineup since late December when he suffered a broken collarbone. He had hoped to be back on the ice in time to play in the Olympics.

"I'm extremely disappointed that I won't be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team," Gaborik said in a team statement. "I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future."

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