You’ll excuse Vancouver Canucks fans if they’ve been overly nostalgic this season. After all, the long-suffering fanbase hasn’t had much to cheer for on the ice as evidenced by the team’s 30-40-9 record, but they have enjoyed witnessing another stellar season of production from franchise legends Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Daniel is up to 21 goals and 52 points in 78 games this season, an improvement on last season’s 15 goals and 44 points, while Henrik has put up 48 points this season. While those numbers may not match the eye-popping totals that the identical twins put up earlier in their careers, they’re still respectable totals nonetheless. Even at age 37, it’s clear that the Sedins can still play. But… will they? That’s the big question in Vancouver. Will the Sedins return in 2018-19 to play their 18th season with the team?
The pair’s matching four-year, $28 million deals expire this offseason and they have yet to tip their hand at what the future might hold. Will the re-sgin in Vancouver on one-year deals? Or will they call it a career and head back to Sweden? Well, a report from Vancouver Province reporter and Canucks insider Jason Botchford might shed some light on the situation.
According to Botchford, Henrik and Daniel have both informed Canucks management that they’ll let the team know their future plans “in the next couple of weeks.” Presumably this means that the Sedins will play out the final three games before making any final decisions.
The Canucks have home games left against the Vegas Golden Knights and the Arizona Coyotes before finishing up their season on the road against the Edmonton Oilers. This means that Canucks fans have at least two more chances to see the living legends in person… after that, who knows? Could this be the final days of Henrik and Daniel Sedin in Vancouver?
For what it's worth, Sportsnet senior writer Chris Johnston reported on last night's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that the twin brothers would welcome a return to Vancouver, but that it all comes down to their role moving forward.
Report: Canucks prospect Lind set join organization
According to a report from Sportsnet 650 reporter and Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, Canucks top prospect Kole Lind is expected to join the organization today and join the Canucks’ AHL affiliate the Utica Comets.
The 19 year old winger from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan recently completed his third full season in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets where he put up and astounding 39 gaols and 95 points in just 58 games. He put up another three goals and eight points in just 4 playoff games.
The former 2nd round pick (33rd overall) of the Canucks at this past June’s 2017 NHL Entry Draft is expected to join an undermanned Comets team that should also get back goaltender Thatcher Demko, forwards Reid Boucher, Nikolay Goldobin, Darren Archibald, Adam Gaudette, Brendan Gaunce and defenceman Ashton Sautner for a strong playoff push.