The trade-off is a no-trade clause.
In return for less than market value in the first year of multi-year contract extensions, Henrik Sedin wants the professionalism and production that he and twin brother Daniel have provided the Vancouver Canucks to be rewarded with peace of mind.
And while money and term are important, a no-trade clause is imperative.
"We would like to have that for sure," Henrik stressed Tuesday in advance of today's dinner meeting with general manager Mike Gillis and agent J.P. Barry.
"We want to be here long-term. Our families love it here, and we like it here, so that's something we really want to have.
"We'll never be players who'll take the last dollar to stay here. If it's a little bit less, we'll take it."
And then JP Barry, the Swedes' agent piped in:
"There's no question, if you look at all these deals with free agents of this magnitude, no-trade clauses are a really important part of the discussion," Barry said of the twins, who can become unrestricted free agents July 1.I'm cool with each making somewhere between $5-7 million. But the big question now will be what Gillis has in mind. Does he want to build the team around Hank and Dank? Will he risk allowing a no-trade-clause? God, those clauses are tricky. It's fair to say that the Sedins have been consistent offensively most of the time. Just not in the playoffs. Daniel only has 5 goals and 18 points in 43 playoff games. Hank has played the same number of playoff games and only has 10 goals and 20 points. I think I just talked myself out of agreeing they should have a no trade clause. Where are these guys when we need them the most? They need to shed their image as lackluster playoff performers. After all, they are our top line.
"Generally, in these deals you see a pretty standard term ... in the range of four to seven years. We'll look across the spectrum of comparables, and they're from $5 to $7 million (US) if the player is staying with his team or going to another."
Stay tuned. This could get really interesting in a hurry. Or....nothing will happen in the meeting and this will drag out all season.
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