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Term will be ‘big topic’ in Sedin twins’ contract talks

Sep 4, 2013, 1:53 PM EST

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JP Barry, the agent for Henrik and Daniel Sedin, believes his 32-year-old clients “still have many years left to play in the game.” As such, the “topic of term becomes a big topic” when it comes to the twins’ contract-extension talks with the Vancouver Canucks.

Barry made those comments yesterday to the Globe and Mail, and they were actually quite interesting. Because while term is a “big topic” in almost any contract negotiation, the suggestion that the twins will be seeking a multi-year deal stands in contrast to what Daniel indicated in November when he said he and his brother may choose to go year-to-year after their current deal expires following the 2013-14 season.

“We’re already taking it year by year right now,” Daniel said then, 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.”

Fast forward back to the present, though, and the Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre believes the twins “aren’t re-signing for less than three years.”

At any rate, contract talks will reportedly get underway this week. Whether an extension is announced prior to the start of the season remains to be seen.

“There’s a lot of things that need to be discussed,” said Henrik. “It’s money, it’s terms, it’s years, it’s a lot of different things. So I’m sure it’s not going to happen in one day, but we’ll see what happens.”

  1. davebabychreturns - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Perhaps “I really believe if you sign a long term deal it will be tougher to perform on a nightly basis” was a thinly veiled shot at Roberto Luongo.

    Would it really be any surprise that Daniel is the evil twin?

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      That post was for my good buddy blomfeld.

      • blomfeld - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        back off Babych … seriously

  2. desertfan - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    4 years at $4M per for each

    A win win.

    • loinstache - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Alexandre Burrows is signed for $4.5m over the next 4 years, and that’s generally regarded as a fair deal for both parties. The Sedins getting less that Burrows makes absolutely no sense.

      It’s important to remember that the Sedins style of play facilitates a longer career. They’ve never been quick of hands or feet while their strength and conditioning is stunningly underrated and still improving each season. Anyone who follows the Canucks knows the Sedins are absolute beasts along the boards and the past two seasons has shown them greatly improve their two-way play. These are attributes that don’t degenerate the same as speed.

      And once they’re no longer primary scorers, their outstanding possession skills will allow up and coming talent to flourish alongside a secondary role. In short, the Sedins are an investment the Canucks need. Let the Sedins continue to be franchise stars.

      • ikillchicken - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Well to me it comes down to a couple options. We certainly could sign them to a longer deal. But I’d only want to do that if we can keep the cap hit low enough that we can afford to transition them to a second line role toward the back half of that deal. If we could make that happen, such a deal could be a nice cap saver for another couple years at least but not risk burning us too badly even if their play does decline later on. Of course, whether we can actually sell them on this is debatable. I’d definitely want to see a cap hit below 5M if we’re going to do more than 4 years. Hence, I think it might be better to simply sign them to a 2-3 year deal that pays them a top line salary. That should be workable for the immediate future and allows us to reevaluate in a few years time depending on whether their play declines and where we’re at as a team. I mean, I agree with you. I can see them sticking with the team till they retire. But for that very reason it might simply be easier to pay them what they’re worth now and then negotiate a second much cheaper deal later.

  3. bauxjangles - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I doubt that Vancouver is all that willing to hand out multi-year contracts right now.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Whoa crazy, contract negotiations hinging on the amount of years and dollars!

  5. colby7 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    As a Canucks fan I am sad to see the changing of the guard, but I think it is almost certain that the Sedin’s walk.

    They are the types that wouldn’t speak out, but I am sure they have lost all confidence in management after the goaltender fiasco. I want them to stay but they would be so much happier as the 2nd line in Detroit, they would fit that system alot better than the one that Torts is bringing in.

  6. blomfeld - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    AS DARKNESS CLOSES …

    Måtte Gud se till att dessa två ‘fin’ bröder escape “apocalypse” som handlar om att störta hela det här laget … och får Alex också beviljas “safe passage” innan det är för sent … take care friends and God speed … Blomfeld

  7. amityvillefun - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    “Come and play with us Danny… for ever….and ever…and ever….”

    Freaky.

    Humanity doesn’t know it, but the Bruins saved the world in 2011 when they defeated the evil twins’ quest for the Cup. Had they won, they would have used it to complete the ritual of Zinthar and turn mankind into a fiendish race of Sedin duplicates.

  8. andykingsfanatic - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Heres an idea, split them up and see if they can perform without the other one there. I am sick of the sisters, I feel bad for the fans. That team is univerally hated around the NHL…like no other. Burrows is a puke, a sort of northern version of Corey Fairy with the Ducks. Good offensive talent, I understand they are sending a diving team to the next olympics. Feel bad for Luongo, he deserves a fresh start. What team says we are trading you and at the last minute pulls out and keeps him. Oh yeah, his head isn’t too F*&ked up right?

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