The two highest-scoring Vancouver Canucks of all-time are Swedish twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Each of them has a scoring title and Henrik won the Hart Trophy in 2010. These two were drafted back-to-back in 1999 and have emerged as the faces of the Canucks franchise. They nearly led this team to its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2011, but the Canucks have since declined significantly and are facing at a long rebuilding process.
The Sedins are turning 37 this fall, and with both set to become free agents in 2018, speculation will be arising as if whether or not they finish their careers as Canucks. It's understandable to see the Sedins wanting to chase a Cup together -- should the Canucks be willing to trade them.
Even though the Sedins won't split up, imagine if the Bizzaro World episode from Seinfeld wasn't fiction. What if Daniel and Henrik have no choice but to split up in hopes of winning a championship? If that was the case, here's a look at eight teams who would want Daniel and eight teams who would want Henrik Sedin.
16 16. Want Daniel: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have a lot of speed all over the roster, but Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan aren't scoring the way they used to. Tampa Bay doesn't need a full-on rebuild, but they do need to retool after a lost 2016-17 season. Steven Stamkos will hopefully return healthy, but Tampa needs depth on the left wing.
Since the Lightning are up against the cap, it's possible their top left winger in Palat has to get traded. That leaves Alex Killorn as Tampa Bay's best at the position. They will have to find a suitable replacement.
Daniel Sedin could play on the first or second line, and could be a decent setup man for Stamkos and that wicked one-timer. Should the Lightning ever think outside the box, Daniel would be a solid addition to that lineup.
15 15. Want Henrik: Los Angeles Kings
2016-17 has shown that the Kings are really not Stanley Cup contenders any more. This team has no intriguing prospects coming up, most of their core players are in their 30s and veterans like Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik have aged rapidly. There isn't any easy way for general manager Dean Lombardi to supply this team with more speed -- his drafting has been woeful and L.A. doesn't have the cap space to make a big signing or trade.
What would really make sense? Adding another veteran like Henrik Sedin. This team is incredibly thin at centre, especially when you consider that Kopitar is having the worst season of his career. Henrik would be a great second or third-liner on a Kings' team that's built around puck possession. Few centres have skill with cycling the puck like Henrik. That makes him a great fit for Darryl Sutter's system.
14 14. Want Daniel: San Jose Sharks
If the Sharks don't win the Stanley Cup in 2017, then they'll have to prepare to retool a little bit. Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, Marc Edouard-Vlasic and Martin Jones are the long-time future of this team. But 37-year-old franchise icons Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are trying to beat father time and are also pending free agents.
There's a possibility that at least one of those two players won't return, so GM Doug Wilson will have to act quickly. Though Marleau is a better player at this point than Daniel, the Sharks may feel inclined to replace the former with the latter. Daniel remains a slick shooter and can play top-six minutes. If San Jose were to go after Daniel, it would probably be for the sake of replacing Marleau. That may sound crazy, but anything is possible.
13 13. Want Henrik: New York Rangers
Why not reunite Henrik with former head coach, Alain Vigneault?
These two enjoyed a ton of success in Vancouver together for seven seasons, leading the Canucks to six Northwest Division titles, two Presidents' Trophies and a Stanley Cup appearance in 2011. Vigneault has enjoyed a ton of success with the Rangers and turned around the career of Rick Nash after the latter had a brutal time with former head coach John Tortorella.
Vigneault and Henrik are very familiar with each other, and with the Blueshirts' Cup window closing, adding an experienced veteran is worth it. They need to maximize the chances of winning now.
The Rangers are loaded with centres and wingers, but Henrik would be a solid third-line addition. Playing in a tough Metropolitan Division with puck-possession juggernauts like Pittsburgh and Washington make life hard for the Rangers. Henrik would somewhat be able to fix that.
12 12. Want Daniel: St. Louis Blues
The Blues Stanley Cup window may be closing rapidly, but they may as well go all-in and add any veterans they possibly can. This team, in a way, is too talented to rebuild with the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo, Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz and Jake Allen.
But other Central Division foes like the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks are simply faster, have more depth and are more talented all across the board. That may force general manager Doug Armstrong to act quickly. The Blues aren't getting much scoring support outside of their top-six forwards these days. Perhaps Daniel could somewhat fix that problem.
Daniel would slot in nicely on a line with centres Paul Stastny or Patrik Berglund. He'd provide a decent amount of scoring depth for a team that could really use his veteran leadership right now.
11 11. Want Henrik: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions and figure to be a contender for years to come, but how much longer does this core have to win championships? Considering that hockey is a young man's game, it's safe to say the Penguins don't have that much time left.
Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Phil Kessel will soon be 30 years of age. Evgeni Malkin will be 31, and the Penguins don't have the salary cap space to add more names nor do they have a deep prospect pool. They're aggressive every year at the trade deadline, and adding Henrik Sedin to fill their third line role would be a bold yet wise move on Jim Rutherford's end. Henrik would be a nice bottom-six forward to the Penguins, who rely far too much on the Crosby and Malkin lines. And hey, it'd be an ideal chance for him to win a Stanley Cup as well!
10 10. Want Daniel: Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim appears to be where old Canucks go. In 2014, Vancouver traded Ryan Kesler to the Ducks, and would end up trading Kevin Bieksa there a year later. So why can't the Ducks trade for Daniel Sedin?
Thing is, it actually would make a lot of sense. Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are approaching their mid-30s, and it's clear their Stanley Cup window only has so much time left. Daniel Sedin would be an excellent life winger on a Ducks team that doesn't have much on offence outside of it's top four forwards (Getzlaf, Kesler, Perry and Rickard Rakell).
The Ducks really could use another top-six left winger on their team, and the Canucks appear to use Anaheim as a dumping site for ageing veterans. No reason to believe neither side would want to do business.
9 9. Want Henrik: Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings have a history of working with Swedish sensations -- Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg. The main reason Detroit should trade for Henrik Sedin is so they can say they have 'The Two Henriks'.
But Detroit also has a strong history of reclamation projects -- namely Larry Murphy and Chris Osgood over the years. Henrik Sedin would be a great candidate for a Wings' team that's delayed a rebuild while bringing on a number of solid veterans. The Canucks and Red Wings almost did an Alexander Edler trade some seasons ago, and there's reason to believe both sides could do a deal down the road. Could Vancouver package Henrik and Edler to the Red Wings in exchange for a toxic contract Detroit needs to get rid of? Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen and others could be possible candidates.
Detroit could very well use Henrik to fill out a top-six role, should the Canuck captain be willing to be traded.
8 8. Want Daniel: Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks are not a team to stay away from making the aggressive movies, and adding Daniel Sedin would be a big move. You see, the cap-strapped 'Hawks haven't been able to pay a lot of their top players (Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw), and don't have the depth they possessed to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Daniel Sedin is a free agent in 2018 and if he's willing to chase a Stanley Cup with another team, one can assume there'd be interest for both No. 22 and the Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews has made all of his wingers look good. A line with Toews, Patrick Kane and Daniel Sedin sounds way too good for general manager Stan Bowman to pass up.
The majority of Chicago's stars are pushing 30 or are in their mid-30s. They need to stay aggressive, and Daniel could be a nice free agent bargain in a year's time.
7 7. Want Henrik: Boston Bruins
The Bruins are currently in playoff position, but how much longer will they be competitive in the Eastern Conference before a rebuilding process begins? Patrice Bergeron is having a terrible season at age 31, while 40-year-old Zdeno Chara is nowhere close to the Norris Trophy candidate he was for a decade. David Backes is 32 years of age and David Krejci isn't the standout he once was.
For now, Boston's best bet is to try and add more veterans in pursuing another championship. Henrik Sedin would be a good fit on a team that's among the best at puck possession in 2016-17. The Bruins have outworked Bergeron as their top-center, and Henrik is still playing top-line minutes. Putting Henrik on the second or third line in Boston would take a toll on Bergeron's body that's wearing down from his heavy two-way style.
6 6. Want Daniel: Ottawa Senators
The Senators aren't scoring as much this year as last season. In 2016-17, they're averaging just 2.57 goals per game (19th in the NHL), after scoring 2.80 goals per game a year ago (ninth in the NHL).
But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as new head coach Guy Boucher has implemented a more defensive system. The results have Ottawa contending for the Atlantic Division after being in position to win the draft lottery a year ago. That being said, the Senators could use more scoring, and Daniel Sedin would be a solid addition.
Outside of Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman, the Senators don't have a lot of reliable forwards up front. Bringing on a solid veteran in Daniel Sedin gives Ottawa another scorer who can perform especially on special teams.
5 5. Want Henrik: Calgary Flames
The Flames have plenty of scoring with Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Michael Frolik and Troy Brouwer. That being said, the Flames don't have many playoff veterans on their team. Adding a leader like Henrik Sedin down the road would be a big piece to this team that's ready to compete for Stanley Cups.
Calgary is loaded down the middle with Monahan, Mikael Backlund and Sam Bennett, but why not add Henrik Sedin as a fourth liner? His ageing body can't play top-six minutes much longer, and the Flames would give Henrik a good chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
Vancouver and Calgary also have a trade history, as Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund were traded from the Flames to the Canucks over the past couple of seasons. Perhaps the Canucks look to trade Henrik at next year's deadline, with Calgary acquiring him?
4 4. Want Daniel: Florida Panthers
The Canucks and Panthers do a lot of business deals. Remember, Florida traded Roberto Luongo to Vancouver in 2006, only for the Canucks to trade him back to the Sunshine State eight years later. The Canucks also acquired Keith Ballard from Florida in the summer of 2010 in exchange for a prospect, Michael Grabner and a first-round pick.
Florida also traded Chris Higgins to Vancouver in 2011 Oh, and let's not forget the David Booth trade that sent him over to Vancouver during the 2011-12 season. See a trend? These teams love to do business together, so it's silly to discount them from not doing another trade any time soon.
Hey, the Panthers have a 38-year-old goalie in Roberto Luongo and a top-six forward in 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr. Why in the world would they not want Daniel and Jagr? They could be two of the oldest linemates in NHL history.
3 3. Want Henrik: Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens have everything needed at this point to win a Stanley Cup. This team has the world's greatest goalie in Carey Price, standout blueliners in Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov, plus forwards Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov, Andrew Shaw and Brendan Gallagher. But why not add a slick centre in Henrik Sedin?
We've seen the Canadiens lack of depth at the forward position be widely exposed in the playoffs over the years -- especially the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinal against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Montreal is all speed and skill on forward, but they don't have a legitimate set-up man like Henrik. He'd be a big weapon on their powerplay and would give this team a ton of depth on offence.
2 2. Want Daniel: Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights will enter the NHL in 2017-18. Though it's going to be glorious for the league and fans in Nevada, the truth is this team is going to struggle for a few years. Even with the help of the Expansion Draft, this team is going to be made up of career third and fourth-line forwards and bottom-four defencemen. So if they can get their hands on a former star like Daniel Sedin, it would be a nice pickup.
Thing is, Daniel Sedin will probably want to chase a Stanley Cup, but he's nearing the end of his career. If he's somehow able to pull off a Jagr and play into his 40s, it's reasonable to see Vegas appealing to him. The Golden Knights will be picking up a lot of past-their-prime veterans for exposure sake, and Daniel Sedin would be a nice place to start.
1 1. Want Henrik: Nashville Predators
The Predators have a nice set of forwards in Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, Colin Wilson, Viktor Arvidsson, James Neal and Craig Smith. However, their depth down the middle is a question mark. Is Mike Fisher, who's turning 37 soon and is a pending free agent, worth bringing back? If so, how much longer until his body finally begins to betray him?
Calle Jarnkrok is solid as their third-line centre, but no doubt that Henrik would be a major upgrade. Nashville has to deal with division rivals in Minnesota and Chicago who are loaded in depth at centre. Henrik Sedin would take care of the Predators' concerns in that area and provide a solid addition to a team that doesn't score much outside of its top line.
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