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Gillis journeys to Sweden to speak with Sedins

by Dan Rosen / Vancouver Canucks
Christmas in July for hockey fans is scheduled to begin Wednesday, but in Vancouver the Canuck faithful are hoping a transatlantic visit by General Manager Mike Gillis is enough to convince 28-year-old twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin to stay put for the long haul.

According to TSN, Gillis flew to Sweden to meet with the Sedin twins and their representatives, J.P. Barry and Claes Elefalk, in Stockholm earlier this week.

Gillis, who was surprisingly on the same flight from Montreal to Stockholm as Barry, extended contract offers to each player and was back on a plane Tuesday to fly back to Vancouver. Canucks Assistant GM Lawrence Gilman also made the trip.

No terms of the offers were disclosed and the Canucks' management staff left without an answer because the twins still need time to think it over.

If the twins don't sign Tuesday, they go to the open market on Wednesday and more than a few teams are reportedly interested, with emphasis coming out of Montreal and Toronto. Current Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke made three draft day trades in 1999 as the GM in Vancouver just to acquire the twins.

"We met for a few hours (Tuesday) morning," Barry told Vancouver radio station CKNW. "Mike and Lawrence Gillman are flying home now. We are considering their position."

The Sedin twins are considered a package. They have been their whole careers.

Daniel and Henrik were drafted second and third overall, respectively, in the 1999 Entry Draft and have played together in Vancouver since 2000.

Their career numbers are strikingly similar except Daniel, a winger with 179 career goals, is more of a scoring threat than Henrik, a center who has 109 career goals. Henrik, though, has 351 career assists while Daniel has 283.

Daniel has 462 career points in 646 games while Henrik has 460 points in 642 games. They each had 82 points in 82 games this past season. For Henrik, it was one better than his previous career high.
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