Time to give Sedins their due

GUTS MCTAVISH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Seeing Henrik Sedin's name last week on top of the NHL scoring leaders, albeit for a few hours, really hit home just how far his game has come over the past decade.

So it was no surprise he was named the NHL first star for the month of December.

What is a surprise, however is how long it has taken the Sedins to gain this city's full appreciation.

League wide, they have had it for years.

For whatever reason, Vancouver has been the most difficult respect nut for the brothers to crack.

Even Mike Gillis, the man who's in charge of assessing talent had his doubts in his first press conference as GM of the team. "I don't know if (the Sedins) are players the team will be built around moving forward."

Then, like the rest of us Sedin connoisseurs (and we know who we are), Gillis saw them up close and knew damn well that duplicating that kind of chemistry and 160 points a season would be a major crap shoot on the free agency market.

I remember vividly the outcry last summer when the news leaked of the amount the team was willing to pay to keep the Sedins in Canuck uniforms. News crews were getting reactions from Vancouverites and it was amazingly split down the middle whether or not to actually keep them.

Keep them Gillis did and at a ridiculously fair $6.1 million per season.

There are no guarantees what will happen to the Sedins when their five-year contract is over except this.

Both Henrik and Daniel will have passed Markus Naslund where they will sit one-two a top the all-time Canucks scoring lead for at least the next decade.


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