Benning: Sedins’ future with Canucks still unknown

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Vancouver Canucks general Manager Jim Benning. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

With the NHL trade deadline approaching, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has some potentially tough decisions to make.

Chief among them is the future of Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The twins stated that they’ll try to help the Canucks with their decision, but no real progress has been made.

Speaking on The Program on Sportsnet 650 on Friday, Benning said that the team reached out to the Sedins’ agent, but he has not responded yet.

“We contacted their agents last week just to kind of get a feel for where they’re at and what they’re thinking going into the trade deadline so we kind of know at the end of the year what their plan is for next year,” said Benning. “I haven’t heard back yet from J.P. Barry, but when he gets back to me, we’ll have a better understanding as to what the plan is going forward.”

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Benning went on to say that he simply wants to hear from Barry so he can properly plan for the deadline and this upcoming summer. The Sedins’ deals expire after this season.

One contract that is up in the air is Benning’s, which runs out after this season. Vancouver’s GM confirmed he’s speaking to owner Francesco Aquilini and president Trevor Linden. He is “hopeful” that an agreement will be reached.

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