I like this contract! They may be making 6.1 per year but I definately think the Canucks would have been in way bigger trouble, despite the fact Gillis would have the extra cash. Daniel and Henrik are part of this team's core and I'm glad to have them back for another 5 years!
6.1 is fine. Personally I wish they would've taken a bit less for the team, like 5.5, but there's not much you can do. People give GM's all the credit in the world when they sign a player to a great contract, but really it more takes the willingness of the player to get those deals done. If the Sedins didn't want to play ball then the only thing Gillis can do is take them for what they're asking or let them walk for nothing.
Let's just hope that Luongo and Kesler are a bit more agreeable to a favorable contract extension. Right now the Sedins are eating up about $2M more cap space than what they bring to the table, we don't want that number to grow any more.
As a flames fan, i think this is an excellent singing on Vancouver's part. The Sedins are pretty much PPG with improving/consistent stats, but the thing is they make whoever they're playing with produce as well.
I think to alot of outsiders, the Sedins' value is very clear since they always score on us. 6.1 is not low by any means, but in the coming years, it will be easily justified. Plus, a 5 year term is very very good.
Mitchell (3.5) - Salo (3.5)
Edler (3.25) - Bieksa (3.75)
SOB (???) - XXX
Total cap hit - 46.785
So that's about 7 million (leaving around $2 million to handle injuries - course if we had Sutter as GM, this is an irrelevant consideration ) to fill-in 4 spots (two of which are likely to be held by guys making between 500K & a million). Guessing SOB will be making around a million (he ain't worth much more than that at this point in his career).
Still leaves cap room for one decent UFA.
Question is, who to go for?
Situation changes though if Gillis by some miracle is able to sign Scott Niedermayer (as a D-Man will be moved).