Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin will be looking for new contracts from the team as early as this summer. Both players revealed their intention to re-sign with the team to the Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre—as if it was any surprise.
Great news for #Canucks: Sedins want to stay after contracts expire in 2014: “Absolutely. If it’s up to us, we want to stay here.”
— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) February 11, 2013
The Sedins signed identical five-year, $30.5 million contracts in the summer of 2009 just moments before they were going to become unrestricted free agents.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis wanted to sign the Sedins to a shorter-term deal, while the twins wanted 12-year, $63-million contracts. It appeared the two sides might not be able to get a deal done, but Gillis and his assistant, Laurence Gilman, both flew to Sweden on June 28—just three days before they were due to hit the open market, to have a “heart-to-heart” with the two.
Needless to say, the Canucks and the Sedins were able to find common ground and a deal was reached. There were reports that then-Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke had flown to Sweden and was ready to pounce if and when they became available.
This time around, it shouldn’t be difficult for the Canucks to re-sign the Sedins given their increased attachment to the city. They were reluctant to go to Sweden during the lockout because their children were in school in Vancouver and will likely be just as reluctant to uproot their family this late into their NHL careers to play a few more seasons elsewhere.
Term shouldn’t be any issue either. The Sedins expressed interest in signing only one-year contracts with the Canucks for the rest of their career.