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Worth the trip

Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:58 pm

Canucks GM Mike Gillis went all the way to Sweden this week and ended up convincing the Sedin twins to stay right where they were.

In Vancouver that is.

Gillis got both Daniel and Henrik to re-up with the Canucks for five-year terms, with each foregoing unrestricted free agency for $6.1 million per season. He signed them only about an hour before the market opened, and for a term and a dollar value that was far less than what the Sedins had been rumored to be seeking in an open bidding process. In the end, the brothers stayed with the only NHL team they have known, a sign that the market could be as tight as many general managers have suggested.

"We spent the last 24 hours going over all the options," Sedin agent J.P. Barry told Vancouver's CKNW radio station. "They're happy that this deal got to the range that it was fair."

No doubt.

The Sedins were drafted together -- second and third overall in 1999 by the Canucks -- so there is a comfort level for them with the team. And vice versa. Daniel and Henrik, who will be 29 when the season begins, are Vancouver's top skaters, two-thirds of the top line and point-a-game producers. What they ended up with is likely to be as much, if not more than anyone else would have offered.

"The more they analyzed things, the more they truly wanted to remain in Vancouver," Barry said.

But had they left, the Sedins would have given Gillis plenty of cap space to vie for some of the other high scoring free agents on the market, so in effect the Canucks GM was negotiating from a position of strength. Still Gillis went the extra mile -- many of them actually -- to get a deal done.

"They are players we want to build around," Gillis said.

With this kind of deal, he can.
Category: NHL

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 9:23 pm

Worth the trip

By my math, which may or may not be correct.
The Canucks had around 20 million in cap space last year, didnt sign anyone of great dollar value, (other than sundin who is now off the books), they added no salary at the deadline. lost ohlund, resinged the sedins for about 2.5 more each than they were at last year. And the luongo extension when it happens should take some numbers up. but i still seeing it being about 8 or 9 mil left over. they have a few other 3rd and 4th liners to sign but they have a very strong farm system with a few other forwards on the verge of being called up soon.
i think gaborik is still the primary taget if they can fit him in and he is not asking to much

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 6:26 pm

Worth the trip

You're welcome.  I like to think the Nucks play Wild hockey the way the Wild would do it if they'd had better coaching and made better personnel decisions.  Both teams have several above average players but no real superstar (Gabby's not in the lineup enough to earn that title yet) and both rely on solid D and goaltending.  But the Canucks have a coach and GM on the same page, unlike the Wild, where Doug Risebrough would get a bunch of tough players, only to have Lemaire not play 'em.  The big edge for the Nucks was the fact that they lacked a Dildaphonic Duo like Kim Johnsson and Martin Skoula in the defensive zone.

There was one last reason left to hate the Canucks, but now with Machetestick Ohlund gone, I'm at a loss...

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 4:06 pm

Worth the trip

From a Canucks fan, thanks for the respect!  The Wild will be a whole different animal this season, with Lemaire's era over (only coach so far, right?), we're expecting more offensive flair.  Even without Gabby - who by the way is definitely tarnished with the "fragile" tag, durability is the knock on the oft-injured Euro.

As soon as we signed Demitra away from you guys, people started floating Gaborik's name, as the two countrymen are good friends and would love to play together.  However, I never take it too seriously.  Even if he did buy a house here, a lot of celebrities have bought property around Vancouver (it's a beautiful place to come to even if you don't live year round, and real estate is still a sound investment here), but that doesn't mean they're going to play for the Canucks!

Still, I'd love to have him.  You're likely right on the numbers - he'd have to take significantly less than market value.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 3:00 pm

Worth the trip

This is excellent news for the Canucks. Vancouver's future is set so the team can focus now on development. The Sedin's as well can relax knowing where they will be when training camp starts. It will work out great for both sides. The Division title was no fluke. They will be tough again next year!

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:38 pm

Worth the trip

Well, this oughta put to bed any rumors of Marian Gaborik buying a house in Vancouver; I can't see the cap numbers adding up if the Nucks go for another high profile player now.  Personally, I think the Canucks will be just fine without Gabby, and they'll prove next year that this season's NW division title was no fluke.  And this is coming from a Wild fan who should be a Nucks hater, but I can't hate on 'em like I used to when Matt Cooke was there..

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