Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin said Thursday they aren't sure if they will play in the NHL beyond next season, when their contracts expire, but if they do, it will be for the Vancouver Canucks.
"If [the Canucks] see a future for us, then we might have another year in us here after next year," Henrik told FanRag Sports, according to Sportsnet. "If not, I don't think we're prepared to go anywhere else."
Henrik has 48 points (15 goals, 31 assists), his fewest since he had 42 in 2003-04, and Daniel has 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists), his fewest in a full season since he had 34 in 2000-01.
The 37-year-old twins were selected by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Draft (Daniel No. 2, Henrik No. 3), debuted in the 2000-01 season, and are the top two scorers in Vancouver history. Daniel, a left wing, ranks first in goals (370) and second in points (984). Henrik, a center, ranks first in points (1,018) and assists (781).
"We've never really been in this position before, but we're up there now, age-wise," Daniel said. "For us, it's all about if the team is going in the right direction and if you see there's a place for us on the team. If we're healthy and if management wants us to be a part of the future, we can see ourselves playing more years, but for us, it's Vancouver or nothing. We're not going to go anywhere else to play."
Each has a full no-movement clause but could be asked to waive it if the Canucks are out of contention next season (Vancouver has failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons). They will enter the 2017-18 season in the final year of four-year, $28 million contracts according to CapFriendly.com, (a salary-cap charge of $7 million each).
"Our future is not only up to us now," Henrik said. "We know that the management needs to see a place for us in this rebuild. It's not always in their interest to have guys like us around. Maybe you need a change of personality and all those kinds of things."