June 18 2009 03:05PM
Hank and Dank, just like your girlfriend, are looking for something long term and serious. They want 63 million each for 12 years. Thats roughly 5.25mil each a year or 10.5 a year for the pair. Fans in Vancouver are all mumbles and grumbles over this. By fans I mean the ten people who follow the Canucks from mid-june until April 12thish. Just like your situation at home, I think it might be time for something a little more long term. You're not going to do any better.12 years from now the twins will be 40. That's not a North American 40, thats a Swedish 40. Sundin is 38 but he is an anomaly and still didn't put up a point a game. If Mike Gillis thinks theses boys will be 80pt players at age 40 he's f'n high. However, 5 mil is still a substantial discount. Brian Burke will be dropping some extreme offer on them come July 1st.
The Sedin's are looking for a little quid pro quo. They know they are more than 5 mil players now, but are aware that they will be substantially less than 5 mil players in 2021. Since the economy has pulled a real Cloutier as of late, the increasing trend of cap limits has grown uncertain. If the cap increases over the next decade, then 5 million might not be all that bad when they are playing like Demitra in the next decade (sorry Pavol).
I think the Canucks have two routes to take:
(1) Ditch the Twins, trade Lou and suck it up for three sweet years, going for the first overall picks.
(2) Sign the Twins, resign Lou and look forward to quasi competitive hockey annually for the next 6 years.
As sick as it sounds, I like the prospect of sucking. It will lessen my wait time for season tickets, and maybe we can have back to back Calder candidates like Chicago.
However, the instant gratification nature of my ADD brain insists that we accept the Sedin's offer and gamble on their future. If they really end up sucking in a couple years, we can run them out of town. This is Vancouver, we can run anyone out of town, ask Lou.