Canucks re-sign Sedins to five-year contracts Staff

7/1/2009 12:26:48 PM

After being drafted together in 1999 and playing their entire careers on the same club, Daniel and Henrik Sedin will continue that trend with the Vancouver Canucks.

The brothers have signed a pair of five-year contacts worth $6.1 million a season with no-movement clauses included.

"Daniel and Henrik Sedin are this club's offensive leaders and players we want to build around," said general manager Mike Gillis in a statement. "Their level of performance in every area of the game is exceptional; both Daniel and Henrik are committed to winning and we want them to succeed as Vancouver Canucks."

Playing side by side for the Canucks, the duo has amassed 288 goals, 634 assists, and 922 points in 1,288 games combined.

The 2008-2009 season was arguably their best year yet, with Daniel leading the Canucks in goal scoring with 31 - the second highest output of his career - while Henrik had a career-high 22 goals. Both finished with 82 points on the season.

"We spent the last 24 hours with Daniel and Henrik going over all the options that they have," their agent JP Barry told Vancouver's CKNW on Wednesday. "The more they analyzed things, the more they truly wanted to remain in Vancouver. They're happy that this deal got to the range that it was fair."

The deals are a stark contrast from the twins' original asking price, which - according to reports - were identical 12-year contracts worth $63 million each. The brothers expressed an interest in remaining in Vancouver, while the Canucks always stated that it was a priority to re-sign the tandem.

"We analyzed how much less we were taking in Vancouver," said Barry. "But for Daniel and Henrik it was always about getting this deal and fairness and Vancouver being the choice if it was fair. As of yesterday, they thought the deal got in the range where they thought it was a fair deal and they wanted to stay."

Daniel and Henrik each earned $3.75 million last season and were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents at noon on Wednesday. They entered the league as the second and third overall selections by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.