The NHL regular season begins on Thursday night when the Canucks visit the San Jose Sharks. Henrik had indicated that they would like to have an extension signed before this date. Their agent, J.P. Barry, says that is a ‘soft’ deadline and negotiations are ongoing.
Botchford says the team had leverage back in 2009 because they were willing to walk away. This time, not so much.
Canucks had leverage last time in their negotiation with the Sedins. Were willing to walk away from Sedins. Not so sure about that this time
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) October 1, 2013
The Canucks were likely wiling to walkaway in 2009 probably because there were a couple of high-profile free agents available: Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik, and Mike Cammalleri (who was fresh off a 39 goal season).
The 2014 free agent class has potential to be leaps and bounds better than 2009 with the likes of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Thomas Vanek potentially hitting the market.
However, this time around walking would be bad a public relations for the team. The Sedins have become the face of the franchise and hockey in Vancouver since 2009.