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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Michael D. Gillis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin to four-year contracts through the end of the 2017-18 season.
“Daniel and Henrik are exemplary leaders, teammates and humanitarians and we’re very pleased to have them as part of our team for the long-term,” said Gillis. “Few players in the history of this club have had more significant roles in contributing to the success of this team and to our community and we look forward to many more years with their positive influence leading the way.”
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Ryan Kesler and the Sedins, who are one, two and three among NHL forwards in ice time, again logged a work load that contravened several of this province's labor laws. They just couldn't produce the decisive stroke when it mattered most. Playing mostly against the Wings' eternal pair of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik logged a season-high 26:41, Kesler clocked in at a paltry 25:20 and Daniel, the piker, finished with 24:09....
Now, the belief is that the law of diminishing returns will kick in with the twins and Kesler and then the Canucks will have problems, big problems. There is no Plan B. There is no secondary scoring on this team. They will go as far as the Big Three take them but they can't be expected to keep up this inhuman workload.
That, at least, is the presumption and it will be analyzed within an inch of its life over the course of this season. Wednesday night, the twins and Kesler looked tired. They've been playing 22 to 24 hard minutes a game for a month and, maybe for the first time this season, it started to show.
via Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Canuck GM Mike Gillis made his weekly appearance on the team’s flagship radio station Team 1040 Wednesday morning and said term is not the issue in the stalled contract talks with the Sedin twins. Daniel and Henrik are playing on expiring contracts and stand to become unrestricted free agents July 1.
“No,” Gillis replied when asked if contract length was the key to a deal. “The process has been very respectful from both sides. We’re trying to figure out what the cap is going to be next year and the upcoming years and really that’s the key. Those guys have been fantastic people, No. 1, for this organization. They’ve been great players and it’s really a function of how you allocate money in a cap system and we’re just trying to ensure we do the right thing for the entire organization and for Daniel and Henrik.”
Asked if the talks might again go down to the July 1 deadline, as they did last time, Gillis said: “Right now, I can’t say but I don’t foresee that happening again. You never know but I don’t see it happening again.”
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Tortorella has historically leaned heavily on his star players, playing the living daylights out of them, while Vigneault has traditionally been a guy who likes to roll four lines. And that couldn’t be more evident in the way the two are using their top forwards this season.
There appears to be real concern that if Tortorella keeps this up, Ryan Kesler and the Sedin twins will be burned out before the playoffs even start. Take Monday night’s 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals for example. It was a close game, another come from behind victory for the Canucks and Tortorella kept throwing Kesler and the Sedins over the boards. Kesler played a total of 23:53, Henrik played 23:15 and Daniel played 23:13. That’s more than any player on either team, including defensemen, played in the game.
To put their ice time into perspective, there were 10 teams in action Monday night for a total of 180 players. Of those 180, only six, all defensemen, logged more ice time than Kesler and the Sedins did. And it worked to perfection. Kesler scored the tying goal assisted by Daniel, who also scored the game-winner, assisted by his twin brother. The three were the best players on the ice, which is why they swept the three stars of the game.
Alex Edler gets the goal, from center ice...
Game is tied at this point, 1-1 after the first period.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
No sooner did Henrik Sedin line up at practice Wednesday with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins — the trio ignited the third-period comeback win in Philadelphia — then Tortorella stopped the media short of coming up with a nickname for the new line. Even though the Sedins have embraced the changes.
“I think they [Sedins] want it,” said Tortorella. “They’re smart enough to know they were being checked pretty closely, and I wasn’t going to take them off because the opposing team was putting its checking line out there. They got to find a way to get through it.
“I’m not sure what the lines are going to be.”
Jordan Schroeder centred Daniel Sedin and Zack Kassian at practice Wednesday while Brad Richardson was between Tom Sestito and Dale Weise.
“We’re excited about this, and it’s a good thing as a team and for us personally,” said Daniel of being split from Henrik.
“It’s been like that for a lot of years and now we can spread things out. It gives us a spark that we need and it’s going to happen more.”
more on the Canucks...
Flyers continued having scoring issues tonight, losing to Vancouver 3-2.
Goals like this one from Ryan Kesler must add to the frustration the Flyers are feeling right about now.
One day Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens will tell his grandchildren how he scored a great short-handed goal against Roberto Luongo.
Brendan Shanahan with the explanation...
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday for an incident against the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at Rogers Arena.
At approximately 19:46 of the second period, Edler collied with Sharks forward Tomas Hertl near the Vancouver bench, resulting in Hertl losing his helmet. There was no penalty called on the play and Hertl skated a regular shift in the third period.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
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