It wasn’t exactly the best of times for Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis but it wasn’t the worst of times either.
While Gillis failed to add a Scott Niedermayer or a Jay Bouwmeester to the roster, he did have a productive first day of free agency, re-signing Henrik and Daniel Sedin to identical five-year, $30.5-million deals.
“We said from Day 1 that we’ve always wanted to stay,” Henrik Sedin said via a conference call.
“That was our main option but the longer it took, we considered all the possible options for us but we always thought that Vancouver was No. 1.”
Vancouver wasn’t an option for Mattias Ohlund however, as the longtime Canuck blueliner signed a seven-year, $26.25-million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The twins reportedly sought 12-year deals, similar to one that Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg signed, but settled on a shorter term.
“We’re happy (about the five-year deal),” Henrik Sedin said.
“We wanted to have a fair deal and (Canucks’ management and the Sedins) both moved to where we are both happy and it feels good for both parties.”
The Sedins aren’t the only ones expected to re-sign with Vancouver, it is expected that the hockey club will soon announce an extension for goalie Roberto Luongo.
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