Jim Benning intends to keep Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancouver until they’re ready to hang up the skates.
Benning, speaking with Ottawa’s TSN 1200 Thursday, was asked if he thinks it’s safe to say they’ll play their entire careers with the Canucks.
“Yeah. That’s safe to say,” said Benning. “They’re still real good players for us as witnessed the other night in Columbus. They’re our leaders. They’re the guys that drive the bus for us.”
The numbers show Benning’s right – Daniel currently leads the team with 15 points, while Henrik is right behind him with 13. Both have five goals, which ties them with Jared McCann for the lead in that category.
And while the numbers can be off so early in the season (as we see with Radim Vrbata’s three goals), the advanced stats tell more of the story. The Sedin line generates more offensive chances than the others, and they do it nearly every night.
The other reason for keeping Daniel and Henrik is their ability as role models for the youth that continue to infiltrate the roster.
“They’re players that we want our young players to rub elbows with in the dressing room and to see how hard they work in practice and to be the mentors,” said Benning.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are signed with the Canucks until the end of the 2017-18 season, when they’ll be 37.
The twins made some noise this past July speaking with Swedish reporter Jonatan Lindquist saying while they’d prefer to play out their current contracts with the Canucks, they’d be willing to move if that’s what Vancouver wants.
They added they wouldn’t rule out playing more after their current contracts are done, if they have a chance to win.
While the mere idea of seeing the twins in another team’s uniform (and doing their retirement tour in those colours?!) will invoke many fans’ gag reflex, the idea might make sense if the Canucks were able to trade for early draft picks and high end prospects.
Considering the team is rebuilding, this could be the move that puts them over the top in a year or two.
Will the Sedins need to sign elsewhere if they want one or two more years?
Benning wasn’t asked that question directly, but he did close the Sedin topic with the following:
“They’re off to a good start this year and they’ll retire Vancouver Canucks.”
Sounds like it’s a non starter.
What do you think?