They’re not ready to retire yet folks.
At age 37 and in the last year of their contracts, it looks like Henrik and Daniel Sedin are poised for another NHL season.
“It sounds like Henrik and Daniel Sedin want to be back for one more season at this point,” Chris Johnston reported during the Headlines intermission segment on Hockey Night in Canada.
“While there hasn’t been discussions yet, with the Canucks, about an extension, the belief is they each want to be back for an 18th NHL season.”
The Sedins have had the most successful Canucks careers ever. The only players in franchise history to score more than a thousand points, they should become the first career-Canucks to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.
Despite the fact that the Sedins have finally been replaced on the first line this year, they’ve had very productive seasons. Henrik is on pace for 57 points, while Daniel is on pace for 54. Those totals would mark the second highest for Henrik and the third highest for Daniel since the Canucks were winning Presidents’ Trophies.
The twins weren’t given much ice time early in the season, with Travis Green deferring to Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter’s lines. But since December 1, Henrik leads the Canucks in points, while Daniel is third.
The Sedins are in the last season of matching four-year contracts that each pay them $7 million per season. They likely won’t get that much on their next contract, though Joe Thornton (who is a year older than the twins) was able to get $8 million on a one-year contract from the San Jose Sharks this past offseason. Patrick Marleau (who is the same age as Thornton) received a three-year, $6.25 million AAV contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The twins don’t strike me as players that will try to take the team to the cleaners though, as they’ve already stated that they won’t play for anyone else.
“We’re going to take this year and appreciate everything about it, and never look too far ahead,” Daniel said in the Players’ Tribune at the start of the season. “Who knows, we might have a few more years left in us.”
It appears they’ll have at least one.