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Sedin's Agent Not Optimistic About a Vancouver Deal, but is Anyone?

06/26/2009 at 6:57pm EDT

“We’ve been negotiating for more than a year, so it’s hard for me to say I’m optimistic. We haven’t really made a lot of progress in a year. We’re going to have to address the gap that we have - but we’ve only got five days to do it.”

—J.P. Barry, Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent, speaking with Sportsnet today.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Mike Gillis has never been strongly motivated to sign the Sedins. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s not a “fan” and when he sits around late at night counting change in his salary-cap piggy bank, he can think of far better ways to spend his money.

But are there really so many better ways to spend it that don’t end up looking like Mats Sundin at the end of the day? I’m not so sure.

As Richard Loat pointed out to me yesterday (Facebook & Canucks Hockey Blog hockey dude extraordinaire, third from the right in this pic we took last night from Miss 604‘s camera), one of the great and wondrous bonuses of signing the Sedins is the guarantee you’ve got two players that make magic together. Signing any other individual players, no matter how great they are, there’s always a question mark about chemistry.

(Marian Gaborik & Pavol Demitra are destined to tear up the NHL, you respond? Pffft, I’d say back atcha, politely.)

Speaking of Gaborik, some to-remain-nameless doofus today has suggested that the Gaborik rumors have all been a smokescreen created by the Canucks organization in order to put pressure on the Sedins.

Sweet geezus. That’s quite a jump-the-shark moment for someone in the hockey media. Here’s how it seems to go: Create a rumor, follow a rumor, run a rumor a thousand directions, fall in love with said rumor, then ultimately decide you’ve been misled by the very people denying the rumor for months (the Canucks), and then blaming them for the misinformation.

Clever.

The Canucks are good at keeping secrets and I may not be Mike Gillis’ biggest fan, but they’re hardly a diabolical entity seeking to control the universe, for godsakes. Gaborik rumors are a consequence of wild speculation mixed with some reasonably strong analysis of circumstances, by both fans and media. And that’s it.

Final thought: I’m willing to put up $5 saying Gaborik signs as a Canuck, but as to the Sedins, I have no idea. My feeling is that they’ll probably leave. I don’t think they’re “show me the money” type guys, but from the outside looking in, it seems like their relationship with management has been pretty poor. At the end of the day, I can see them walking away.

And that would be sad. They’ve done a lot for this team.

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