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Canucks re-sign Sedins — four years, $28 million each

Nov 1, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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Big news out of Vancouver — the Canucks have re-signed forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin to identical four-year, $28 million contracts.

“Daniel and Henrik are exemplary leaders, teammates and humanitarians and we’re very pleased to have them as part of our team for the long-term,” said general manager Mike Gillis in a release. “Few players in the history of this club have had more significant roles in contributing to the success of this team and to our community and we look forward to many more years with their positive influence leading the way.”

The twins, who turned 33 in September, were pending unrestricted free agents. Now the Canucks have them under contract through the 2017-18 season, after which they’ll be 37 years old.

It’s been reported the Sedins wanted a five-year term and the Canucks were pushing for three. If true, they obviously compromised at four.

As for the dollar amount, it’s hard to argue Vancouver didn’t do well here. Per CapGeek, there are 15 NHLers with a cap hit higher than $7 million, and there will be many more to come in the next four years as the upper limit rises.

Earlier this week, Gillis refuted the notion that term was the main sticking point in negotiations.

“We’re trying to figure out what the cap is going to be next year and the upcoming years and really that’s the key,” said Gillis, per the Vancouver Sun. “Those guys have been fantastic people, No. 1, for this organization. They’ve been great players and it’s really a function of how you allocate money in a cap system and we’re just trying to ensure we do the right thing for the entire organization and for Daniel and Henrik.”


  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Aliens !

  2. ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    a steal for the Nucks on term AND amount. I don’t think there’s any debating that, is there?

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Nope! Not for those among us who occupy reality anyway. Hell even blomfeld would agree.

    • desertfan - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      A better deal for Canucks would have been $8- years 1 and 2, $5- years 3 and 4, $2- years
      5 and 6.

      $30 for 6 yrs and only a $5 m per year Cap hit.

      • killerpgh - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        That would be a good deal except for the fact that it violates the CBA. The lowest year salary wise can’t be less than 50% of the highest.

  3. mp1131211 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Why are they always treated as one? Its kind of weird… They’re grown men and Uncle is still getting them matching jammies…. makes me feel all icky, I can’t explain it….

    • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      I mean, they consistently perform to the same level, have about the same injury history, play better as a pair, have about the same leadership ability, and have about the same stats.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        and since they were drafted at the same exact time (what, 15 mins apart?), they’ve followed the same contract strategy their whole careers.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        “they consistently perform to the same level, have about the same injury history, play better as a pair, have about the same leadership ability, and have about the same stats”


      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        when it’s true, it’s true.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Actually, Daniel’s been innjured more frequently (Henrik with the 2nd longest current ironman streak) and Henrik’s had better numbers since Keith’s elbow to Daniel’s head. There’s a case to be made Daniel’s worth slightly less but they’d just average out so they get the same rather than take different contracts.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      They’re not, not by a lot of people anyway. See Henrik being named the captain for example.

      As for contract negotiations, why complicate things by nickel and diming them to different points? They’ve never pushed for every last dollar on the table so the matching salaries is probably as much a function of them as it is of the team.

      And anyway, teams have done this with other players, Getzlaf and Perry had identical term and total on their second contracts (although they varied slightly from year to year)..

      • hockey412 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Suter and Parise, too.

      • missthemexpos - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Crosby and Malkin.

    • guitarhunterdude - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      They’re at their best when put out as a matched pair. It’s almost telepathic; each knows where the other will go, because genetically they’re exactly the same and would do almost exactly the same thing in any given situation. They grew up playing together, you don’t want to break up chemistry that strong.

      That “icky” feeling is probably just because they’re ginger. Gingers make everyone uneasy.

    • slobberface - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      They have the same DNA.

  4. lowenni - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    That’s a really fair deal. Even once they get older, they’re still going to be integral parts of their team. Hopefully they stay with Vancouver for their whole career, two great players and people.

  5. sabatimus - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Erm. Ok.

  6. lovac2 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Not a single Blackhawk on that list. Weird…

    • dadawg77 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Love that fact but in two years Toews and Kane will be there.

    • blomfeld - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      not a single King either man !

      • elvispocomo - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        Doughty at $7M, Kopitar at $6.8M and three others at $5M+, they’re hardly the models of restraint.

  7. shortsxit34 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    29 other teams are jealous.

  8. bigoldorcafromvan - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Compared to the chart from CapZeek above the Canucks did very well. I am happy that the Sedins are with the Canucks for 4 more years after this on. Good job Gillis. The Canucks, the Sedins and The Fans all benefit by this signing.

  9. terrier92 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Not one Bruin or Blackhawk on list

    Well run organizations

    • paulepedersen - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Bruins and Blackhawks have younger core players. Wait a couple years and that will change. Also, the Blackhawks like the Penguins benefited from top draft picks after throwing several seasons in a row. Much easier to build a core when you pick in the top 3 for several years than a team like Detroit that has drafted at the end of the first round since the early 90s

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Hey “terrier92,” guess who come in 21st and 22nd.

      Hint: the guy at 22nd was at 8th just a couple of years ago..

    • elvispocomo - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Yup, wait until Toews and Kane are up to re-sign and they’re very similar even next year: Canucks have two $7M and three $5M+ players, the Blackhawks have three $6M+ and four $5M+ players. Not a lot of difference. The Bruins have a $7M goalie, a $6.9M defenceman and a $6M forward, along with two other $5M+ forwards as well next year.

  10. themagicfanguy - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I honestly thought Stamkos was paid more, he probably should be.

  11. paulepedersen - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Interesting contract, I think fair for both sides. The thing people have to remember when they say the Canucks over paid due to the Sedin twins being 33 years old and now being under gauranteed contacts until they are 37 is that the Sedin’s game is not about speed. Historically, players who have a game based around speed tend to fall off the face of the planet and have shorter careers. I look at the Rick Nash and Ovechkin contacts being two of the worst due to this fact. The Sedins still have at least 5 years of top line productivity with the game they play, IMO.

  12. harpdog - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    My crystal balls are tingling. There will be two trades near the trade deadline in 2018 if the Canucks fail to compete that year.

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