Pressure on to sign Sedins

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

All the pressure is on Mike Gillis.

With the Sedin twins yet to be re-signed by 24 hours' deadline yesterday, the Canucks GM will have to make his biggest decision since taking over in Vancouver.

Keep the twins, who have combined for 926 points in 1,288 games in a Canucks jersey, or let them test the free agent market come July 1?

The rarely-injured Swedish duo are seeking a 12-year deal worth $63 million each, and Gillis has yet to make a counter offer.

However, according to reports, Gillis flew out to Sweden Monday to talk with the twins personally.

"We really want to get Daniel and Henrik done," Gillis said this weekend during the draft. "It's ongoing communications, so hopefully things will continue to move in the right direction."

Vancouver has 13 players signed at close to $34 million -with the salary cap at $56.8 million- so both the contract cap hit and length will be an issue.

If Gillis fails to re-sign the Sedins, there will be plenty of cap space available to pick up other high-profile free agents.

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Unrestricted free agents potentially on Vancouver's wish list:

- MARIAN GABORIK

The speedy Slovak was rumoured to have bought a house in Vancouver, but do the Canucks want an oft-injured player?

- SCOTT NIEDERMAYER

The B.C. native has noted that he will return next season, he's just not sure yet for which team. On the other hand, Vancouver will need a puck-moving D-man.

- JAY BOUWMEESTER Despite his rights being traded to the Flames, Bouwmeester has not agreed to a contract yet, and the Canucks had shown a slight interest in him during the trade deadline.


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