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Report: Canucks, Sedins to start contract talks ‘in earnest’

Aug 22, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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The next week should prove interesting for Vancouver and the Sedin twins.

According to a Sportsnet report, JP Barry — the agent representing Daniel and Henrik Sedin — will head to Vancouver to begin contract talks ‘in earnest’ with Vancouver GM Mike Gillis.

That said, the Canucks captain stressed there’s no timeline for a decision to be made.

“I’m sure we’re going to talk before training camp and see where we are,” Henrik explained. “For us there’s no rush, I mean, if things can get done we’re more than happy but if not we’re happy to wait.”

The Sedins are headed into the final years of the matching five-year, $30.5 million deals signed in 2009. The brothers have each spent all of their 12-year careers in Vancouver, becoming two of the best players in team history.

Henrik won the first-ever Hart Trophy in franchise history following the 2009-10 season; a year later, Daniel was nominated for league MVP (which went to Anaheim’s Corey Perry.)

It will be interesting to see what financial ideas the two sides bring to the table.

Barry publicly stated his clients took less money to stay in Vancouver last time around — reports suggested their original asking price(s) were $63 million over 12 years — so it’ll be interesting to see if they accept another team-friendly deal.

Not that the Canucks are in a financial bind.

Vancouver’s biggest long-term commitments are on defense, where Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis are locked in for $18.7 million annually until 2016 (at which time Bieksa and Hamhuis become UFAs.)

At forward, only Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins are signed through 2016.

In goal, Roberto Luongo is signed through 2022 and — interestingly enough — is also repped by Barry.

  1. bleedingteal4life - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Wow these guys even have the same agent? Does their mommy wipe their butts after they make potty at the same time too. These guys don’t even have the balls to play on separate teams, i’m surprised they can cross the street without holding hands with each other.

    • kitshky - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I know its the dog days of summer and all but … even a useless troll like yourself can do better than that.

    • lowenni - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      What do you mean they don’t have the balls to play on separate teams? Why would they NOT want to be on the same team? They’ve formed arguably the leagues strongest duo and their chemistry is uncanny because of the fact that they’ve been playing together their whole lives. And besides that, the simpler thing is that they’re brothers. Why would they want to be on different teams? Never understood all the hate towards the Sedins.

      • ray2013 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        I tend to agree with you. Why is there no similar level of hate for the Staals or other brother combinations? I’ve never seen anyone call them the Staal sisters, for example. It borders on creepy to see people get so worked up about the Sedins. Who cares if they share the same agent? If he’s good, it only makes sense they’d use the same guy.

      • amwood98 - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        How much would they earn if they could win a Cup? Seems like they know how to work, but have to learn how to finish.

    • badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      If I was GM, my only question to Barry would be : “How many goals and hits in the playoffs are you willing to put in writing ?”
      I rest my case.
      These guys have not left any money on the table every. They OWN Canucks $20 million in playoff choke $$$

      • badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        table ever. Danm key

  2. lidstrom5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    For the Love of god JP do not put push the Wings on them …….

    • kitshky - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Honest question here;

      As a Wings fan why in the world would you not want them as complimentary tools on that lineup!?

      • lidstrom5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        complimentary tools are not worth 6 mill+

      • kitshky - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Ya no for sure, but I seriously doubt they’re getting $6M each again… JP’s just being JP.

        And by “complimentary” I’m still talking about guaranteed point per game players…

      • lidstrom5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Hey maybe playing with Zetterberg would lead them into hitting a bit more who knows

  3. desertfan - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Each $5M x 4 years
    Good deal for all!!!

  4. joey4id - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    It may be time for Van to part ways with the twins unless they go on a tear and the Canucks are on top of the conference. Wouldn’t sign these guys to an extension until after the trade deadline.

  5. hosewater2 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Probably 0% chance they’d sign in Ottawa.

  6. LampyB - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    How did the Wings even end up in this conversation? Babcock already has too many forwards and our young talent is looking awesome. No way Detroit would ever pay this much for a dynamically aging duo.

    • lidstrom5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      scroll up where I made the post …. pretty sure it started there

  7. bcousy - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Mr. Halford, I know Barry repped Bobby Lu on his current contract, but didn’t he change agents last month?

  8. bcousy - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Brain cramp: He switched TO Barry. As you were….

  9. therealjr - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I bet the Canucks would be happy to give them the remaining 7 years and $32.5 they were asking for.

  10. vanindeed - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Their game has never been speed or hitting.The Sedins can be effective for at least 5 more years.

  11. beermeone - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    bcousy it took you over half an hour to figure that out? Bing, Yahoo and Google and maybe even Siri are much better than that! joking!

  12. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    What do you mean by effective? I seriously doubt they’ll remain point a game players for the next 5 years, and for them that’s what being effective is. Look, I’ll never detract from how talented those players are, and I wouldn’t suggest they’re one dimensional, but Jarome Iginla they are not, and that’s the example of a player adapting his style of play as he gets older to move from goal scoring machines, to more complete two way players, Steve Yzerman being the prime example of that archetype as well. They might’ve been worth that money in ’09, but you would’ve been paying for the years they’ve just had, and maybe one or two more, then paying them extra towards the end as compensation for past greatness. You’re seriously telling me you would sign them to a six or seven year deal at $4.5-6 million a year now? Cause that’s what they’ll be asking for. As for them going to the Wings…. Ugh, just no, no, no, no

    • vanindeed - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Iginla adapted his style from carrying the team to being too old and beat up to carrying the team. The Sedins don’t have the miles Iginla or players of that style have so I do think if they play with a winger that creates room for them they will be 70-80pt players for the foreseeable future.

      • thibbledorfpwent - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        I’ll accept that the Sedin’s have been different players over the length of their careers than Iginla, but who’s their comparison though? I can’t think of pure skilled forwards who maintain point per game numbers well into their mid-thirties, not saying it doesn’t happen, just can’t think of any players who do it without a) being paired with a number 1 overall pick (I.e. St. Louis and Stamkos) or b) by being moved back to 2nd or 3rd line minutes, and therefore playing against opposing teams 2nd or 3rd line players, in which case it’s pretty hard to justify paying them the $5-6 million dollars a year they’re asking for each. Happy to be proved wrong though, in this case.

  13. blomfeld - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM


    If my theory is correct and Luongo ends up ‘bolting’ to Tampa Bay this year, then there’s no way in hell that the excellent Sedin brothers stay in Vancouver beyond the 2013-14 season. I hate to say this Canuckle friends, but two years ago was probably your ‘high water’ mark for the next decade and for whatever reason, it just wasn’t meant to be in the end. So suffice it to say that unless Gillis now comes up some ‘extraordinary’ offer which is unlikely given the realities which his Italian controllers are currently facing, then I see these two fine Swedish comrades ‘moving on’ to greener pastures.

  14. bleedingteal4life - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Because they are each other’s crutch. Can they even play while they are apart? Probably not. They keep them together because they are weak.

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