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Sedins may sign year-to-year past next season

Nov 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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While the NHLPA fights for the players’ right to sign a contract longer than five years, Canucks forward Daniel Sedin admits that he and his twin brother, Henrik, may commit one year at a time once their current deal runs out at the end of the 2013-14 season.

“We’re already taking it year by year right now,” Daniel said this week, as per The Province. “We have a year and a half on this current contract and then mentally I think it will be easier if we go year by year after that.

“Mentally, when you get to this age, to be able to perform, you have to be there. I really believe if you sign a long term deal it will be tougher to perform on a nightly basis.”

The Sedins turned 32 in September. In 2011-12, the top eight scorers in the NHL were all under 30.

For Vancouver, the Sedins on year-to-year deals would probably be a good thing. As long as the Canucks are Stanley Cup contenders, the twins will almost certainly want to stay with the organization that drafted them and in the community in which they’ve become so involved. It’s hard to picture a scenario where the amount of annual salary comes between the two sides.

If on the other hand Vancouver falls out of contention, the club may not want to dedicate a significant amount of cap space to a couple of aging stars that, in turn, may wish to pursue their Cup dreams with a team that could actually make those dreams come true.

One thing’s for certain: the Canucks’ current core doesn’t have many seasons left to win the franchise’s first championship.

As it stands, Vancouver doesn’t have a single major contributor under 26 years old – not surprising given the club’s regular-season success that’s negated its ability to stock up on elite prospects at the draft.

In fact, the Canucks haven’t had a draft pick from 1-9 since they selected the Sedins No. 2 and No. 3 in 1999.

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  1. davebabychreturns - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The Sedins success is not predicated on elite speed, or on physical dominance – they shouldn’t have too much trouble maintaining their success in the league well into their mid-30s.

    Of course, part of that belief is based on their excellent physical fitness, work ethic and preparation for each season so if they’re not feeling it then it’s likely that their games might fall off a bit more quickly.. and thus better for both parties to keep signing short term deals.

    Then again, the way the cap tends to work (and will probably work in the next CBA no matter what the owners accomplish in this lockout), repeatedly signing the Sedins to one year deals will probably mean that the Canucks pay them more money over the same term that a single long term deal might have involved..

    • id4joey - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Good points! However, the short term contracts are riskier for the players because of potential career ending injuries, or just a major injury like blowing out knee.

  2. blomfeld - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    “Bra gjort” Henrik och Daniel !

    Absolutely everything these guys do is “pure” quality ! Whether it’s donating $500,000.00 to the Women & Children’s Hospital, or refusing to bring themselves down to the level of that vermin Marchand, or saying “no” to greed by refusing Parise-styled contracts, these two men continue to set a shining example for the way people “ought” to behave ! I’m an LA Kings fan as you know, even though I live here in Vancouver (ie: that’s today mostly the fault of a woman (my ex) and not mine). Nonetheless, I’m very proud of these two excellent players and I wish them the very best always !

    ps: if it was possible, then I think it would be great if the Sedin brothers and Jarome Iginla were immediately shipped to the LA Kings ! :)

    • blomfeld - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      HEJA SVERIGE !!!! :)

    • valoisvipers - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      väl sagt Blomfeld, I too wish there were more role models like them playing in the league.They are good for the game, fans and the community. People will bash them for a perceived lack of grit but should one have to fight to excel in hockey?

      • blomfeld - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        Kan du talar svenska alltsa ? :) Yes my friend, they do get bashed unfairly. And yet that’s often the way, when it comes to society at large and it’s response to decency. The irony however, is that if the Sedins did ever lose it, then only God could help the fools on the receiving end of their wrath ! Thirty years ago, I was living and working in Sweden as a 23 year old Canadian immigrant (ie: had met a Swedish bombshell here in ’79, fell head over heals, bought a one-way ticket to Sweden myself after she left and the rest is history) and I can tell you that they have to be one of the most “decent” people anywhere. Nonetheless, beneath the surface can often be a “crazed viking” who you’re probably better off to not wake up !

      • valoisvipers - Nov 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Blomfeld Nej jag inte, jag måste använda Google Sorry to hear that you and blond bombshell parted ways but I am sure that you will have other happier chapters in your life left to write.Håll din optimism stark vän

    • kitshky - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      For the record … that’s $500K each.

      • blomfeld - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Well said Kitshky … it was a million bucks from the brothers combined ! … damn good guys …

  3. jason9696 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I hope the Sedins play for the Canucks for years and years. Because as long as they are in Vancouver they will never win the Stanley Cup.

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