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NO EXTENSION TALKS YET FOR SEDINS, CANUCKS
Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin were in the TEAM1040 studio Monday afternoon with host Matt Sekeres.
The twins’ future in Vancouver, the only National Hockey League city in which they’ve played since being drafted in 1999, was one of the topics on the table.
Question: You’re going into the final years of your contracts. Do you anticipate extension talks this summer? Do you want extension talks this summer?
Daniel Sedin: “I think we certainly would like to stay here. I mean, we’ve always been up front with that. I mean, we love this city, we love this team, we love the management and we know coming into every season, we’re going to have a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for as a hockey player. We’ll see. All we can do is work hard, train in the off-season and do our best on the ice and hopefully it happens.”
Question: “Hank, have you instructed your agent, J.P. Barry, ‘Let’s get a deal done this summer’?”
Henrik Sedin: “No, we haven’t talked about it yet, actually. It’s only been a few weeks since we lost here. We’ve always been in a position where everything is going to get worked out if both sides agree that they want the same thing. We’re not panicking. Like Daniel said, we’ve been very up front that we like it here. That’s all we can do.
Question: What if Mike were to say to you, ‘Guys, after this year we may be a team in transition. Can we just hold off on the extension talks?’ Would that be okay with you? Would you be upset by that?
Daniel Sedin: “I think we’re two guys that can deal with a lot of outside things. We don’t worry too much about what’s going on with those kinds of things. We go out and play hockey and that’s all we care about, so… Like I said, if we do good enough, I think things take care of themselves. That’s all we can worry about.”
Question: “Hank – only Vancouver? Would you play anywhere else in the National Hockey League? Or is it Canucks for life?
Henrik Sedin: “If they say, ‘sorry you can’t be here any longer’, then we’re going to take a look at what we want and we’ll go from there. Like Daniel said, we’re year to year and when that happens we’ll take a look at our options. Until that happens, we’re very happy where we are.”
In fact, Kekalainen offered Bobrovsky’s agent a curious approach regarding Bobrovsky and that trophy.
“I said, ‘Let’s just proceed as if he’s already won it,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch Monday. “Let’s take that out of the equation. Let’s assumes he’s won it, and move forward from there. But … ”
He added: “His representation is doing what they feel is best; I don’t blame them. We’re doing what we think is best. I’m not discouraged at all. This is part of the process that both sides have to go through to get a deal done.
“But it’s something we’d like to work at, get settled and put behind us.”
“Honestly, winning is my No. 1 priority, and I feel this team has good chance to win,” said Gonchar, who Monday signed a two-year contract with the Stars after Dallas acquired his rights from Ottawa on Saturday. “I believe in what they are doing and where they want to go. At my age, winning is very important.”
Gonchar said he spoke with former teammate Mark Recchi, now an advisor to the Stars front office, as well as new GM Jim Nill. He said he liked what he heard.
“Everyone is excited, everyone wants to win, I think there are good feelings there,” he said.
“There’s always — knock on wood — a player not developing, injury factor, any number of situations,” Poile said. “We’ll have to see how it plays out, but it feels like the right thing to do for the Nashville Predators and our belief in what Roman is and what he can become.”
The contract also takes away the threat of an offer sheet for Josi. Last summer the Flyers signed Shea Weber to the mammoth sheet the Predators matched.
“I can’t deny, since we’ve been affected by that, it’s always a possibility,” Poile said. “But we can’t be controlled by that, we can’t be making decisions because of that.”
“There’s one thing missing from my playing career and my coaching career,” Ruff said Monday as he was honored at a local Chamber of Commerce event at its inaugural Sportsman of the Year. “I have no regrets on my playing career. I have no regrets on my coaching career, but there is one thing I want to see Buffalo have one day and that’s the Stanley Cup.”
He added: “I owe a lot to the City of Buffalo, to the community of Clarence. “My kids all grew up and were raised here, went through school. Not many coaches can say their kids went to one school.
“I don’t have any plans of moving. I might have to relocate short term for a while, but home will always be Clarence.”
Ellis lives in Omaha in the offseason. For the past 13 years, he has found tickets and made his way to the College World Series, enjoying all the festivities in town, and plans to do it again this year.
“It’s pretty cool being in the middle of it,” Ellis said Monday. “Faces painted, signs, all the school colors. I think most people in Omaha look forward to it and try to get out and enjoy the yearly fun.
“I don’t really follow any specific teams, but I love the experience. It’s great to go with friends to the game and see some good, honest sports.”