Swedish twins up for grabs

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

Vancouver GM Mike Gillis is looking to make a cultural exchange at this weekend's NHL draft.

Two league sources told Sun Media yesterday that the Canucks have shopped twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin around the league ahead of tonight's draft at Scotiabank Place.

The sources say Gillis has decided the Canucks simply aren't good enough and wants to make a big deal to change the culture in the dressing room.

It's believed the Panthers, Ducks, Blue Jackets and Sharks are the teams most interested in dealing for the 27-year-old forwards, who have never played apart.

The whisper is the Sedins, who will each make $3.75 million (all terms US) next season, could be headed to the Ducks in exchange for 21-year-old centre Bobby Ryan, along with No. 12 selection in the draft and other picks. Anaheim GM Brian Burke drafted the Sedins in 1999 when he was Vancouver's GM.

The indications are Gillis may have also held discussions with Florida GM Jacques Martin about a deal involving centre Olli Jokinen.

Jokinen has asked to be traded and Martin is trying to get that done at the draft.

Off the glass

Other possible destinations for Jokinen are Minnesota, Calgary, Vancouver or Columbus ... San Jose GM Doug Wilson is aggressively trying to land a first-round pick. After dealing his top pick (No. 26 overall) to the Sabres for D Brian Campbell at the trade deadline, Wilson doesn't want to have to sit around and wait to select No. 117 overall in the fourth round tomorrow. Wilson is hot after the Blue Jackets' pick at No. 6. A lot of talk has surfaced about San Jose C Patrick Marleau, but there's a strong belief the Sharks might also be shopping W Milan Michalek, who is scheduled to make an average of $4.33 million a season on a five-year extension that kicks in this fall. The Jackets, who are facing mounting pressure to make the playoffs from ownership, also have the No. 19 selection. They would like to move W Nikolai Zherdev, but not unless they get Marleau in return. The Jackets need help at centre, so Michalek might not be on their radar ... Burke hasn't given D Scott Niedermayer a deadline of today to get back to him on his future with the Ducks. Niedermayer's wife is ready to give birth any day and Burke doesn't want to add extra stress to the situation. "The big date for us is July 1. That's when we need to know, because if he's not coming back, then we've got to go out and get somebody," Burke said in the lobby of the downtown Marriott. "If he doesn't tell me what he's going to do today, I'm not going to go out and jump off this building."

Rumours du jour

The Hurricanes are willing to move Fs Erik Cole, Tuomo Ruutu and Justin Williams during this weekend's draft festivities. The Senators would have an interest in Cole. The Hurricanes would want D Andrej Meszaros or W Antoine Vermette in return ... The Leafs are trying to move C Nik Antropov, who is one year away from becoming an unrestricted free agent ... While Penguins GM Ray Shero denies he's trying to move C Evgeni Malkin, a source say he's "juggling a lot of balls in the air at the moment." The Penguins are hoping to sign W Marian Hossa before he becomes a UFA on July 1 ... The Oilers are trying to move D Joni Pitkanen. The Hurricanes and Wild are interested.


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