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Report: Canucks, Sedins’ agent met Monday

Oct 29, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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You may recall early in September when the agent for Vancouver’s Sedin twins, JP Barry, suggested that term would be a “big topic” in contract negotiations with the Canucks.

At the time, the Sedins were believed to be looking for a longer term than the club was thinking. And almost two months later, with no extension yet signed, not a whole lot appears to have changed.

“They’re in great shape and will always be that way,” Barry said yesterday of his 33-year-old clients, per The Province.

The insinuation there was obvious.

On top of that, Barry noted the twins “have never relied on speed that much,” which could serve as a good counter-argument should the Canucks contend that players really start losing their legs in their late 30s.

The way the Sedins have started the 2013-14 season, with a combined 31 points in 14 games, nothing has lessened Barry’s chances of getting a good deal for his clients. Without those two, there’s almost no way the Canucks would be 9-4-1 after 14 games.

Of course, these negotiations don’t appear to be so much about the present as three or four years down the road.

According to The Province, Barry met with Canucks general manager Mike Gillis “for a couple of hours Monday, trying to hammer out a contract extension for the twins,” so it’s possible there may be some more definitive news on this soon.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC ?

    The bottom line is that Gillis had better make damn sure he re-signs these two at ‘whatever’ term they want ! If not, then a certain ABBA song could well become the Canuck’s new official anthem … :(

  2. imleftcoast - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    The Red Wings are in town, and the Sedins agent would love to analogize to Datsyuk (35) and his three-year contract extension. It’s nice that Brough is helping him out with that. The Canucks can’t contend without the Sedins (who knows when Kesler would have gotten going without them), but can they win a Cup with $20m/per season locked up with the Sedins?

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      I think you’re being a bit hyperbolic with that $20m remark.

      We’re seeing high end first liners signing in the $8m+ range and over a short term the Sedins would certainly command that kind of money on the market, probably for as long as 4-5 years.

      That being said we’ve never seen them take every last dollar in a negotiation and we have seen them offer to take less in exchange for a long term (boy if only Mike Gillis had taken them up on the 12 year contracts they wanted last time around with the $5m cap hit, we would be laughing now).

      I expect we’ll see them sign at about $1m each under what they could have got in the open market, and depending on the term that will probably end up in the $7-8m range.

      People questioned their ability to contribute this year and they are putting their doubters to shame as usual – and I think Barry is exactly right that these are two players who don’t rely on high end speed (or sheer strength for that matter) in order to be effective which bodes well for the next few years – as long as they can stay healthy of course.

      • imleftcoast - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        I’m looking at Datsyuk who receives $10m, $7.5m and then $5m.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Francesco, that you?

        I don’t know about other Canucks fans but I could care less what numbers actually show up on the Sedins paycheques, as long as the cap hit is reasonable (they will not total $20m there for any single season unless they put up 150 points each this year).

    • micasa81 - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Tell me those aren’t actually the numbers being tossed about. There’s no way they’d be asking for $10m/yr even with a 2 year contract, let alone the one they’re allegedly trying to get that takes them close to 40 years old.

      • colby7 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Dang, that’s Sundin money.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      If you’re talking cap dollars, no way it gets to $20M combined. If you’re talking Aquilini’s money, it’s closer maybe for the first year but there’s no way they even get that much to start even if it decreases over 4+ years. Maybe $15-17K combined depending on term.

  3. micasa81 - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    It’s hard to argue against the likelihood of them remaining at the top of their game for longer than most players do. They keep themselves in amazing shape, are ultra-durable, and have never needed blinding speed to play their game. 4 years should be no problem. 5 or even 6 should be fine as long as the last couple of years have commensurate drop-offs in salary.

    Personally, I don’t care if the Canucks can’t win with them as their top players (I don’t believe that anyway). These guys are career Canucks who have arguably done more for the franchise than any other duo in team history. It would be criminal to see them don any other team’s jersey. Pay them please.

  4. kingcobraman - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    they are not greedy guys ,they love the city and their families are happy here . they will again give a hometown discount … they will get a 4-5yr deal… but the curve ball is Gillis is a idiot…..

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