How important was it for Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis to re-sign Daniel and Henrik Sedin
? He flew to the twins' home in Sweden on Sunday to negotiate in person.
All the time and frequent-flyer miles have paid off, as the Sedins have signed new contracts to stay with the only NHL team for which they've played.
According to TSN, the brothers signed matching five-year contracts that reportedly will pay them $6.1 million per season.
"Daniel and Henrik Sedin
are this club's offensive leaders and players we want to build around," said Gillis. "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."
The twins tied for the team lead with 82 points each in 2008-09. Daniel led the team with 31 goals, and was second with a plus-24 rating. Henrik led the team with 60 assists.
The second and third picks of the 1999 Entry Draft, the pair have eerily similar career numbers. In 642 career games, Daniel is seventh on the team's all-time scoring list with 462 points. In 646 games, Henrik is eighth with 460 points.
With the impending extension for goaltender Roberto Luongo
supposedly days away from being announced, the Canucks seem to have their core players locked up for the long-term.
That assurance didn't come without a lot of effort on Gillis' part. Frustrated with the pace of negotiations leading into the opening of the free-agent market, Gillis flew to Sweden over the weekend to meet face-to-face with the Sedins. The Vancouver Province reported J.P. Barry, the Sedins' agent, was on the flight, which likely means talks started there, and carried over to the brothers' headquarters.
Earlier reports had the twins asking for matching 12-year contracts, and when the Canucks didn't make a counter-offer during talks at the draft, Barry reportedly thought the Sedins were done in the Pacific Northwest.