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Daniel and Henrik Sedin sign identical four-year deals, locked up through 2018
Canucks fans, we've avoided a soapy summer in the making, and avoided any fear that Brian Burke might just lure our Swedish twins away with nostalgic gum candy, as he unsuccessfully and quite fatefully tried to do the last time these guys were almost widely available.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin signed identical four-year deals on Friday and The White Towel reports they're each worth $28 million, making the twins a $7 million a year cap hit, which is a bump from their equal $6.1 million a year deals signed in the summer of 2009, one year before captain Henrik would go onto win the NHL's Art Ross and Hart trophies.
"Daniel and Henrik are exemplary leaders, teammates and humanitarians and we're very pleased to have them as part of our team for the long-term," said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. "Few players in the history of this club have had more significant roles in contributing to the success of this team and to our community and we look forward to many more years with their positive influence leading the way."
The Sedins are 33 now, and they're locked up in VanCity through 2018, when they'll be 37.
While $7 million may be a lot to commit to anyone in the NHL right now, given the league's schizophrenic salary cap, 37 ain't a bad age to once again re-assess Daniel or Henrik's value to their club, and Friday's deal does lock up two guys who will go down – quite uncontroversially – as the two greatest players in Canuck history.
Of course, Roberto Luongo has a place in that discussion, too.
But the twins – pending a trade or an Alfredsson situation down the road – will at least be career Canucks, something Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden, or Markus Naslund could never claim. Their deal also entices Vancouver's other pivotal pieces – Ryan Kesler, Chris Tanev, Dan Hamhuis, et al – to remain in blue and green when their negotiation comes a calling.
This is a franchise that has always needed an identity, and it's still trying to forge one. (Honestly, what other fan base takes in home games with any one of four jerseys sporting different completely colour combinations – the Millionaires, the 90s, the West Coast Express, or the Sea-to-Sky?)
We're a self-conscious bunch, always trying to force our name into the national conversation, always whining about the CBC and how they only show Leafs games on Saturday nights... but, seriously, those guys only show Leafs games on Saturday nights!
We need heroes. We need to be loved.
Daniel and Henrik are two guys who have kind of slipped their way into Hall of Fame careers, subtly skating and drifting alongside Naslund and Bertuzzi only to slingshot themselves to individual hardware and a Stanley Cup Final, not to mention the greatest "dynasty" in Canucks history, or the closest thing to one.
Friday's news is good news. Don't over-think it. And don't cancel your cable just yet.
Oh, and John Tortorella likes 'em, too:
"You know, what bothers me the most about the reputation of these two guys, and I'm not sure who started it, but our league is so neanderthal in their thinking that it sticks, is when they call the Sedins 'soft'... these aren't soft people. They aren't soft players. I have the honour, the short time to be with them up close and personal and see how hard they work and see what they do on the ice.
"It pisses me off, the reputation that's still out there and it's so undeserving and it's so disrespectful."