Sedin twins sign matching four-year extensions with Canucks

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Henrik Sedin (33) and brother Daniel have signed four-year extensions with the Canucks. (USATSI)
Henrik Sedin (33) and brother Daniel (right) have signed four-year extensions with the Canucks. (USATSI)

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Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin have each signed matching four-year contract extensions, the team announced via Twitter. According to Elliotte Friedman of CBC, each deal is worth $28 million for an annual average of $7 million.

The Sedin twins have spent the entirety of their careers with the Canucks and have combined for 1,583 points over their time in Vancouver. Henrik, the former Hart Trophy winner, is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 810 points, while Daniel sits second with 773 points.

Both were due to become unrestricted free agents at the end of this season as their five-year, $30.5 million contracts were to expire. The new deals will take the twins to their age 37 seasons, at just $900,000 more annually than their previous contracts.

Because of that relatively minimal annual increase, it doesn't vastly alter the Canucks' ability to manage the salary cap over the next several seasons, especially since the cap ceiling is expected to rise.

It's an exteremely reasonable deal for two players still going at a fairly high level.

The duo currently leads the Canucks in scoring, with Henrik pacing the team with 18 points and Daniel registering 15. That's a pretty familiar sight as the twins have finish first and second on the team's statistical leaderboard every season since 2006-07.

Though they might be showing some signs of slowing down, the Sedins are still among the league's elite players and should stay at a similar level for the next few years.

Looks like then-Canucks general manager Brian Burke's 1999 draft-day swindle to be able to select Daniel and Henrik second and third overall, respectively, has had a major payoff for this organization.

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