Dreger: Canucks face tough decisions this summer

Darren Dreger
5/12/2009 11:42:54 PM
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There are some tough decision ahead for the Vancouver Canucks, and more specifically general manager Mike Gillis.

Gillis heads into the summer with four key players potentially heading to unrestricted free-agency.  Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who most believe are a package deal as well as defenceman Mattias Ohlund and forward Mats Sundin, however most believe that Sundin will retire.

When it comes to the big tickets in Henrik and Daniel Sedin, there have been no contract discussions with this pair since the NHL Trade Deadline.  Keep in mind that Mike Gillis controlled the negotiations up until this point, but because they are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, the twins now control the time line.

For the Sedins, what would be the rush?  The Vancouver Canucks will likely table an offer, and they will have to do it before July 1st, but if you are the Sedins then why wouldn't you consider unrestricted free agency?  Especially in light of the fact that they are both coming off pretty decent performances in the playoffs.  They each scored four times and they shared the team lead in playoff scoring with 10 points each. 

Another thing to remember is that when they were talking about contract scenarios, a number was thrown out, but never formally offered, and that was roughly $5.5 million dollars a season per Sedin.  The twins didn't like it then, and it's unlikely that they are going to like it now or before July 1st.

The number the Sedins are looking at is $6.5 million.  That's what the twins expect.  There will be a number of teams that will show an interest: Minnesota, Montreal perhaps Anaheim and of course the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Darren Dreger


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