NHL insider Josh Rimer reports that contract negotiations between All-Star twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Mike Gillis, the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, have not been going well and Gillis has been receiving phones calls from a number of general managers.
The only team that Rimer mentions by name as having interest now that Gillis is entertaining the thought of moving the two players is the Flyers.
We've discussed the idea of the Flyers making a big-time move before but this would be crazy huge for the Flyers. The Sedin twins are two of the best players in the world and each of them brings something different to the table. The 33-year olds are in the last year of their five-year, $30.5 million deal carrying a cap hit of $6.1 million each.
Henrik is a natural center and plays more of a distributor role scoring just one goal but totaling nine assists so far in the young season. In his 12-year career, he has tallied 183 goals and 619 assists for 802 points. Henrik celebrated his 800th career point Tuesday night in Philadelphia. In 2010, Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy leading the NHL with 112 points and took home the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
Daniel is Henrik's left wing and sniper on the outside. Between the two of them, he is the goal scorer putting up four seasons of 30 or more goals in his 12-year career. Daniel's career year came in 2010-11 when he scored 41 goals and added 63 assists for 104 points which won him the Art Ross Trophy, keeping the award in the family for another year. In his 12-year career, Daniel has 293 goals and 473 assists for 763 points.
They would come with a hefty price tag as Gillis will all but certainly trade them as a package deal. They've played together ever since the Canucks took them second and third overall in 1999. At 33-years old and expiring contracts, the Flyers would need some guarantee that they would be sticking around for longer than seven months before giving up young talent to get them.
Paul Holmgren better get this right. His job may depend on it.
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