The Vancouver Canucks set out this summer with a longer to-do list than usual. After another postseason collapse, they’re currently looking for a new head coach, will be looking for a taker for their goaltender, and will try and upgrade a roster that has struggled in the springtime over the past several seasons.
Those tasks should not take their attention away from what should be the top priority for the organization, though. Their two most marketable players, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, will be free agents next summer. It’s time to look at an extension for the Swedish forwards.
While some have been foolish enough to blame the Sedins for at least some of the playoff failures of the Canucks over the past several years, they’ve been two of the most consistent players in the league. They’ve been terrific in the regular season and postseason alike, with each taking home some piece of individual hardware within the last couple of years.
The pair ran away with the top scoring numbers for the club in 2013. They were the only two players to break 40 points on the year. In fact, the third highest on the roster behind the two was 27, courtesy of Jannik Hansen. Henrik finished the year with 45 points, while Daniel followed closely with 40.
Both Daniel and Henrik have been offensive powers in the past several seasons with the Canucks. Neither one of them has produced a season of under 70 points since the 2005-2006 season. Both of them have crossed the century mark for points once, with Daniel reaching 40 goals in 2010-11.
The five-year extension they signed in 2009, which carries a cap hit over $6 million, will expire next summer. Which means that they will be free agents. Even with the recent playoff failures, the Canucks likely have no intention of letting the twins depart as free agents next summer. Talks have yet to begin between the two sides, but you can bet that the Canucks will begin exploring extensions with each of them in the very near future.