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Sedins approach career crossroads

Aug 13, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Despite all the drama elsewhere, the Vancouver Canucks’ success still depends greatly on the Sedin twins’ ability to create offense.

At least, that’s the way it’s been for several years. The question is: how much longer will the facsimile forwards be the identical faces of the Canucks franchise? The 2013-14 season should have an enormous impact on that question, whether it’s Henrik and Daniel Sedin making the decision or the Canucks making that call for them.

The decline?

Both players’ $6.1 million cap hits are set to expire next summer. They’ll turn 33 in September, so it’s crucial for the Canucks to reach a consensus on their long-term value.

There has been plenty of debate during the last few years regarding whether the Sedins remain elite players or not.

Their increasing age implies that a decline is probable, but there’s a compelling counterargument that the Sedins’ cerebral cycling style could help them retain value more successfully than players who rely on sheer athletic ability.

Whether it’s their fault or not, the bottom line is that the duplicate duo’s point totals have stagnated, so the pair likely hopes for a high-scoring 2013-14 campaign.

The Torts effect

The Vancouver Sun’s Daniel Wagner surmises that the Canucks employed an overly complicated powerplay system that didn’t really build the Sedins’ strengths. Tortorella has had his own troubles getting seemingly talented players to score on the man advantage, but perhaps a new voice could revitalize that special teams unit.

Tortorella stated that the Sedins will block shots and kill penalties, but that might be a rarity in the grand scheme of things.

So, all things considered, the pairing’s roles should stay largely the same. The bigger factor might instead be how Tortorella communicates with them, then, as some might wonder how the Sedins will respond to his “demanding” nature. Their relationship with Tortorella is important when you consider the fact that two superstar contracts hang in the balance.


There are a number of variables that can make or break this scenario, but it all likely boils down to how the 2013-14 season plays out.

  1. blomfeld - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Det Sedin bröder är den bästa !

    Min rädsla är att “utmärkt” bröderna Sedin kommer att fångas upp i den impending doom som är nu på väg till Vancouver. De är de absolut bästa spelare i det laget och de är goda medborgare. Men förhoppningsvis kommer Gud att ingripa och se till att de inte skadas, så att de kan leva på och spela igen någon annanstans … kanske hemma här i Sverige !

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      De Sedins är stora aktörer på ett bra team och kommer att leda laget till ära. De Canucks kommer smiska oppositionen igen på sin väg till seger. Blomfeld och hans gelikar bli fördömd.

      • bigtull - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        The Sedins are great players on a good team and will lead the team to glory. The Canucks will spank the opposition again on their way to victory. Blomfeld and his ilk be damned.

        (Google Translator)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM


    • bigtull - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      The Sedin brothers are the best!

      My fear is that the “excellent” Sedin brothers will be caught up in the impending doom that is now on its way to Vancouver. They are the absolute best players in the team and they are good citizens. But hopefully, God will intervene and make sure they are not damaged, so that they can live on and play again somewhere else … maybe at home here in Sweden!

      (Google Translator)

      • blomfeld - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        thank you friend … :)

  2. davemac32001 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Agreed! Well said…

  3. helloname01 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    It has more to do with the alignment of their home planet Mars than anything else. During years where Mars is on the opposite side of the solar system, they are not able to feed on the sustaining radio wave frequencies that are directed their way by the mother planet, and are forced to sustain themselves on Earth’s far less efficient organic edibles

  4. ravenscaps48 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    They could become Olympic Tandem-Diving Coaches for Sweden for the 2016 Olympics.

    • badintent - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      they’re over qualified for the “diving”

  5. jcmeyer10 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Starts humming “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson and can’t figure out why that song got stuck my head… 😀

  6. nj666 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    These guys are great players but they just seem creepy, that said I wouldn’t mind them on the devils.

  7. yvrmike - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    NJ666 Creepy????
    The 2 CLASSIEST guys in the NHL and all of professional hockey.
    Besides being superstars in the NHL how many other NHL players do you know that have donated 1/3 of the income to Children’s Hospital a few years ago and they didn’t want the media to know about it!
    Yea I guess you wouldn’t mind them in Jersey and I guess there isn’t a team that wouldn’t mind them Too bad for you buddy they are with the Canucks

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      To be fair, his team is named the Devils. He has a different set of moral guidelines, I reckon.

    • cofran2004 - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      They donated 1/3 of their income to a mediocre show on adult swim? I can understand why they didn’t want the media to know about that… I’d be embarassed too.

  8. desertfan - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Extend them for 4 years @ $4M per person per year.

    A fair compromise.

    • badintent - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      Trade them for Arod and Jose Cancsco. At least they will hit someone.

  9. sunderlanding - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    They were only “elite” for two years.

  10. mrhyperpants - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Cash in what you can on them now.

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