Henrik and Daniel Sedin appear to be finishing their careers with the Vancouver Canucks.
On Friday, the Canucks locked up the Sedin twins with identical four-year, $28 million extensions. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada was quick on the Tweeting.
The Sedin twins were in the final year of contracts with an average salary cap hit of $6.1 million. The new deals increase their hit by $900,000 each, and it will likely lead to the Sedins retiring as one-team players. Both will be 37 years old when their new extensions expire after the 2017-18 season.
The Sedin twins were drafted second and third overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft after a series of trades gave Vancouver the additional first-round selection. They have played their entire careers together with the Canucks, beginning with the 2000-01 season. Combined, the Sedins have put up 1,550 points (Henrik Sedin has 792, Daniel has 758) over parts of 13 NHL seasons together.
The Sedin twins have also served in various forms of captaincy throughout their careers in Vancouver. The start of the 2010-11 season saw Henrik be named captain, while Daniel was named as an assistant. Henrik had been an assistant captain for the 2009-10 season prior to Roberto Luongo giving up the captaincy.
Henrik has appeared in three All-Star Games (2008, 2011, 2012), and he won both the Art Ross and Hart trophies in 2010. Meanwhile, Daniel played in the 2011 and 2012 All-Star Games. Henrik was a First Team NHL All-Star in both 2010 and 2011, while Daniel was a Second Team All-Star in 2010 before joining Henrik on the first team in 2011.
Both are also well-known for their charity work in the Vancouver area, including a $1.5 million donation to help build a new British Columbia Children’s Hospital in 2010. The Sedin twins were nominated for the NHL Foundation Award for their charitable work following the 2010-11 season.
The Sedin twins have also been successful internationally, having represented Sweden on numerous occasions, including the gold-medal winning 2006 Olympic team in Italy, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as well as the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships, which the Swedes won on home soil.
They burst onto the scene representing Sweden at the 1999 and 2000 World Junior Hockey Championships, dominating the competition with their boundless chemistry. Henrik scored 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 13 World Junior games, while Daniel put up 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in the same timeframe.
It’s a great move for the Canucks to get the extensions out of the way early, allowing the Sedin twins and the Canucks to just play hockey without having to deal with rumours and distractions.