Daniel and Henrik Sedin were destined to finish their NHL career in Vancouver.
The Canucks built their offense around them. They are iconic figures in the marketplace. They are comfortable in that setting.
They are a package deal and few other teams could clear enough cap space to take them both. All signs pointed toward the Sedins signing contract extensions -- and they did, adding four years and $28 million to their current deals.
Those contracts will carry the Sedins to the age of 37. That term carries some risk for the Canucks, of course, but the twins move a LOT of product in the Pacific Northwest.
"I think it's a fair deal for everyone," Henrik told reporters.
Many of us wondered how the twins would fare under hard-driving coach John Tortorella, but so far the new Canucks coach is happy with them.
The have not been soft players for him. In fact, Tortorella said any such reputation for these two is bogus.
"Our league is so Neandrathal in their thinking that it sticks," he said. "It pisses me off."