The Vancouver Canucks have extended the superstar tandem of Henrik and Daniel Sedin through the 2017-18 NHL season, according to the team's official Twitter account on Friday:
RIGHT NOW: Daniel and Henrik signing four-year contracts through to the end of 2017.18. pic.twitter.com/n7dwD9OOjS— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 1, 2013
The Canucks also provided video of the twins signing their deals:
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports that the two deals will pay each brother $28 million over those four seasons:
The Sedin's get $28 million each for four years. #NHL— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) November 1, 2013
Canucks fans have to be pleased with management's decision to extend the Sedin twins. At age 33, the duo certainly has loads of elite hockey left to showcase. Plus, the two offensive weapons have been tearing it up on the ice for Vancouver to start the new season, combining to score nine goals and dish out 24 assists.
The performances of both Henrik and Daniel have been key for the Canucks' fast start and Henrik, who plays center for the Canucks, is tied for second in the league in points this season with 18 through 15 games played. His 15 assists thus far are tops in the NHL.
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Meanwhile, Daniel, who stars at left winger, has 15 points to his name in 2013-14, including six goals. No other Canucks player has more than 11 points through the team's first 15 games.
Extending the pair also comes with little risk as both players have proven durable over the past 12 seasons. Henrik hasn't missed a game since 2003-04 while Daniel has appeared in all 82 regular-season games on five different occasions since 2003-04.
Vancouver drafted the Sedin twins back in 1999, selecting Daniel second overall in the first round and then Henrik one pick later. According to Spotrac.com, each is scheduled to make $6.1 million this season.
The Swedish brothers were born just minutes apart on September 26, 1980 and have been professionals since they were teenagers.
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