“There is no secret we like where we are, I think everyone knows that,” Henrik told Sportsnet (via News 1130). “For us to be able to have our family where we want them to be, that’s very important for us.”
The Sedins are entering the final year of a five-year contract worth $6.1 million a season signed in 2009. Their agent, J.P. Barry, is expected to be in Vancouver before the end of August to touch base with the Canucks.
“I’m sure we are going to sit down and talk before training camp and see where we are,” explained Henrik. “For us there is no rush. If things can get get done we’re more than happy, if not we’re happy to wait.”
It is difficult to imagine a scenario where a deal cannot be reached and they leave Vancouver. Both have a deep connection with the local community and have donated $1.5 million to the BC Children’s Hospital. They are now in the twilight of their careers and compared to the summer of 2009, there isn’t really a threat anymore.
Even though there is no threat of them leaving, the Canucks need to handle the negotiations carefully to avoid having it blow up in their faces. It is about finding the right term and salary for players that will be 33 years old this season. The Sedins might not be point per game players anymore.
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