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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Sedins Ink, Ohlund files for arbitration

The Canucks have locked up the Sedin twins for one more year, at $1.25 million/season each. I can live with the financial terms, but this is the year that they had better put up impressive totals, or move on.

Opinion on the Sedins' past performances varies with who you ask, and in my case, I think that they have been nothing more than average NHL players. They do some things well, such as cycle the puck (to death at times), but I fail to see the ability to finish. They have been treated very well in Vancouver for the duration of their tenure, despite the lack of significant progression.

However, now that Brian Burke is gone - the Sedins were his project, and the patience Burke displayed with these two has only been seen elsewhere in professional chess matches - the apparent lack of finish has to be improved upon. GM Dave Nonis has similar thoughts:
"We expect them to take on more responsibility this season and we are extremely excited to have this deal in place."
I'm glad that someone may finally be putting some pressure on these two, because they need to step it up.

Also, Mattias Ohlund has filed for arbitration and given his incredible overall game and the recent contracts signed by NHL defensemen, he will probably fetch a good payday. Here's to hoping Nonis can lock him up long-term.


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