Daniel and Henrik Sedin are off to superb starts to the 2013-14 NHL season, once again raising the subject of their expiring contracts and the fact they stand to become unrestricted free agents next July 1.

Their agent, J.P. Barry, was in Vancouver on Monday and met with the twins following the Canucks' 3-2 win over Washington. Naturally Henrik was asked Tuesday about the contract talks and J.P's presence.

“No news on that front,” said Henrik with a smile. “I just met him after the game and he's flying to Calgary today. I think he's just going around seeing his guys. Like I've said before, we're not part of the negotiations. We're playing hockey and I'm sure they're going to come to us when they have news for us and they haven't done that yet. So we're going to continue to play hockey.”

Henrik leads the Canucks in scoring with 17 points in 14 games while Daniel has 14 in 14. They are both making $6.1 million and a good comparable for them is Detroit centre Pavel Datsyuk, who just signed a three-year extension for $7.5 million per year. Datsyuk is 35 while the twins are 33.

Henrik said he wasn't certain whether the twins' excellent October was having any sort of impact on the talks. The apparent stumbling block is length of contract.

“I hope they've seen us enough that they know what we can do even if we hadn't produced the way we have this year,” Henrik explained. “They know us and we know them so I don't think that matters.”

Although there aren't numerous examples, players can excel into their late 30s and early 40s. New Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson is one while others include Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne and Ray Whitney.

“You don't see a lot of players in their 40s playing great – Alfredsson, Teemu and a few others – but it can be done, for sure,” said Daniel Sedin.

Alfredsson, who turns 41 in December, has 10 points in 12 games for the Wings and thinks the twins can be productive well into their late 30s.

“From my perspective, they look after themselves, they know how to prepare themselves and, as you get older, if you've built a good base, you can live off that,” Alfredsson noted. “I can see them playing for a long time as well. There are a lot of factors that have to fall into place, obviously, like motivation. As you get older, you usually have a family and other priorities that maybe become more important.

“So you have to find a mix where you feel the drive is there and you can push yourself. If you don't put an effort into it, it's not going to be fun and you won't be happy.”