Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin is hoping to sign a contract extension before the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.
“Nothing really concrete, but getting there,” Henrik told the Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre. “We would like to get something done.”
Henrik and his brother Daniel are entering the final season of a five-year contract signed in the summer of 2009 worth $6.1 million a season.
The Sedins might want a deal done as soon as possible, but the Canucks may want to take a wait and see approach. Both will be 33 years old when the season starts in October and there are questions whether they can continue playing at an elite level.
After being a point-per-game player or better in four of five seasons between 2006 and 2011, Daniel managed only 67 points in 72 games in 2011-12 and 40 points in 47 games in 2012-13.
Henrik was point-per-game or better between 2008-09 and 2010-11, but like his brother, hasn’t been a point-per-game player in the last two seasons. He was close in 2011-12 putting up 81 points in 82 games and had 45 points in 48 games last season.
Are these signs of decline or the result of circumstances? It will be up to the Canucks to decide.
The last two seasons the Sedins have not received much offensive support.
Second line centre Ryan Kesler played with a torn labrum in his shoulder for most of the 2011-12 season. Last season, he missed the first 12 games recovering from offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries and a broken foot that caused him to miss an additional 19 games.