Canucks GM Mike Gillis is about to settle into a dinner meeting this evening with player agent J.P. Barry. Now surely the name Mats Sundin will come up in the conversation but the main focus of the discussion will be that of the future of Daniel and Henrik Sedin as well as Mattias Ohlund, all of whom have contracts expiring at the end of this season.
Mattias Ohlund has been a stellar force on the Canucks defence and the previous regim seemed to be able to get the hulky swede to sign under market value. My prediction is that these negotiations will go rather smoothly and Ohlund will be resigned at a slightly increase over his previous $3.5 million. Unless of course Mike Gillis pulls the wool over his eyes and refuses to admit the Canucks need this horse on D.
As for Dan and Hank, there are differing opinions...
Both players have out performed several comparables that have recently signed multi-year/multi-million dollar deals. Shawn Horcoff and Scott Gomez have been mentioned in the same breath and looking at statistics Daniel and Henrik should recieve raises that would pay them $6 - $7 million dollars (or more) per season.
For those of you who may argue that they disappear during the playoffs, check the history of contract negotiations. You will note that playoff statistics don't seem to matter in this day and age.
The two-some has suggested that they would consider taking less money to stay in Vancouver, however, GM Mike Gillis would have to offer a no-movement clause in return.
Personally, I would like to see this put off until later in the season. Holding that carrot in front of two hungry swedes could be a way to get this club into the post season. And I do not see too many teams making the room next season to add both Daniel and Henrik at a combined $13-plus million dollars.