The 37-year-olds want to have one last shot at Stanley Cup glory. The Vancouver Canucks will likely have two big decisions waiting for them in the offseason. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston , both Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are looking to get one more year in Vancouver after their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Johnston’s report came Saturday evening on Sportsnet’s Saturday Headlines section of the broadcast. Here’s how it was laid out:
“It sounds like Daniel and Henrik Sedin want to be back for one more season at this point. This has been up in the air somewhat entering the season. They reiterated at the start of the year that they only wanted to remain Vancouver Canucks, but they’ve gotten to play more with the injuries in Vancouver the last month or so; their production has been good, they’re both on pace for over 50 points. While there hasn’t been discussions yet with the Canucks about an extension, the belief is they each want to be back for an 18th NHL season.”
The Sedins have spent all 17 NHL seasons together in Vancouver as the team’s longtime duo. While the Canucks are far behind in the playoff race with 42 points in 46 games, the team has had some incredible bright spots in the form of Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser. The Canucks are likely far from competing, but it’s not unreasonable to see why both players want to give it one more go.
This season, the pair have put up similar numbers. Henrik, the team’s captain, has 32 points in 46 games while Daniel has 30 points in 45 games, both at the age of 37. They are on pace for over 50 points, meaning they’re set to hit or exceed their totals from last year. Both Henrik and Daniel are no longer the players they were when they crested 100 points earlier in their careers, but they are still effective forwards for the Canucks.
As for their price, both players are set to come off of four-year, $28 million deals that have cost the Canucks a $7 million AAV. Henrik and Daniel will likely get far less, but they are the two biggest pieces the Canucks have to re-sign in the offseason, and with $14 million in cap space already off the books they could very well negotiate something fair for the both of them.
Henrik and Daniel’s time with the Canucks is coming to an end, but we very well could see them play one more season before they hang up their skates.