The Vancouver Canucks won’t know until after this season whether the greatest scorers in franchise history will play again next year. Henrik and Daniel Sedin met Wednesday with Canucks general manager Jim Benning but were unable to provide the NHL team any indication about what they’ll do when their contracts expire July 1. Benning wants the productive 37-year-olds to return for their 18th season in Vancouver and had hoped the Sedins might know before the Feb. 26 trade deadline whether they intended to play next fall. "But they’re still undecided about what the future holds for them," Benning told Sportsnet. "We’ve all agreed let’s just play out these final games and we’ll see where we’re at. At the end of the year, we’ll sit down again and see what they’re thinking. We’ll tell them what we’re thinking and we’ll figure it out from there." But that means Benning and his staff will be operating semi-blind through the final third of this season, not knowing whether the Canucks will have huge holes to fill on the forward lines next season. "I’m not disappointed," Benning said. "I just was trying to figure out where they’re at. They want to play out the rest of this year, see how they feel at the end of the year, see where the team’s at, and then we’ll make a decision. I’m fine with that. "They’ve been used in a bit of a different role this year, but they’re OK with that. They’re excited about the direction of the team and young players and their development. They’re still important guys for us because they’re the fabric of what it means to be a Vancouver Canuck. They lead by example. When we’re transitioning to these younger players, it’s important to have that leadership around our young guys." Not knowing the Sedins’ future is at least a little unsettling for the Canucks because it has long been believed that Daniel and Henrik would keep playing as long as they’re productive and the hockey team needs them, which it does.
Sedins won’t make decision on Canucks future until after season
Sportsnet | Feb 2