Feb 17, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) during the first warmup before facing the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena. The St. Louis Blues won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Were Willing to Walk Away from Sedins in 2009

The Vancouver Canucks were apparently willing to walk away from Daniel and Henrik Sedin in 2009, according to the Province’s Jason Botchford.

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.

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.

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