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Dreger: Canucks could be without Sedins, Ohlund in 2010

Darren Dreger
9/9/2008 7:06:23 PM
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It is possible that the 2009-2010 Vancouver Canucks lineup will be minus three key players: Mathias Ohlund, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

The Sedin's future with the Canucks won't be determined anytime soon, unless Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is granted the authority to give the twins what they want, as the duo can become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

Neither Daniel, nor Henrik is contractually protected from trade, so that threat exists and will surely be addressed if the Sedin's are to agree to a long-term extension, or a hometown discount that is unlikely to dip below $6 million per season.

Without a no-trade, or no-movement clause the 27-year old brothers will likely play the waiting game in favor of unrestricted free agency were some believe the market may top $7 million dollars for each.

Meanwhile, veteran defenseman Mathias Ohlund's future with the Canucks will also be discussed during Wednesday's meeting between Gillis and Ohlund's agent, J.P. Barry.

Ohlund's contract expires at the end of the season and while his existing deal is armed with a no-trade, his name along with teammate Kevin Bieksa has popped up in trade rumors throughout the summer.

Sources say Ohlund wants to stay in Vancouver, but he may re-consider his options if negotiations to extend his term don't go according to plan.

Darren Dreger

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