Sedins: Burke wanted us?

Twins say they were unaware of Leafs’ pursuit


His chin buried deep in his hand, Brian Burke sits alone at the west end of the Air Canada Centre, intently watching the prized Sedin twins being put through their paces.

It is early Friday afternoon and the Vancouver Canucks, kicking off an NHL-record 14-game road trip, are practising in the very arena that Burke had hoped might be the new hockey home for Henrik and Daniel. So much for the best laid plans …

Indeed, when the Canucks step on the ice for a rare stop in Toronto on Saturday night, the Sedins will be lining up for the Canucks, as usual.

Too bad for the hapless Leafs, who could use any kind of help they can get.

Burke tried. He really did. He was in Sweden when free agency opened last July 1, partially to woo goalie Jonas Gustavsson to Toronto, partially to throw wads of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertaiment Ltd. money at the twins.

Gustavsson chose to be a Leaf. The twins chose to remain Canucks.


Where would the Leafs be today had things worked out the other way? In quest of an answer, Daniel is approached after practice.

“We didn’t know about any of that (Leafs stuff) at the time,” he says. “As July 1 approached, we knew people were talking about our situation. We both liked Vancouver but we knew it would work out one way or the other. We weren’t worried.”

We assume it is Daniel who is speaking. He is, after all, sitting in the cubicle marked “Daniel Sedin.” Truth be told, they both look the same, goatees and all.

“We didn’t really know about (Brian’s) interest in us until a few weeks later when we were asked about it during a radio interview,” Henrik adds.

That’s the same Henrik who entered play Friday as the NHL’s scoring leader with 76 points. Not Alex Ovechkin. Or Joe Thornton. Or even Sidney Crosby.

Henrik Sedin.

Of course, Burke’s alleged plans to pursue the Sedins went public when coach Ron Wilson, during a June 30 interview on The Fan 590, said the Leafs might have potential interest in the twins. Since the Sedins were still under contract to Vancouver until the next day, the Leafs were fined $25,000 US after the Canucks brought the incident to the league’s attention.

The Canucks didn’t allow the Sedins to go on the open market anyway. Having flown to Sweden at the last minute, GM Mike Gillis got the brothers to ink identical five-year, $30.5-million US contracts.

All the while, the Canucks were not happy with Wilson’s comments. Nor were they thrilled at a subsequent Leafs TV special shot at the June entry draft which showed Burke suggesting the Canucks offered a package of players in an attempt to land the No. 2 pick from Tampa and a shot at defenceman Victor Hedman.

4 Responses to Sedins: Burke wanted us?

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    What what??  You mean this was all just hot air from the BS duo?  Nooooooo!

  2. reinjosh says:

    they want to be saying
    SHIT!! we didn't sign more expensive deals with him
    we could have been playing with a true sniper on our wing in Kessel than this damn loudmouth Alex Burrows."

  3. Kramer says:

    Austin Powers is also into twins.

  4. leafmeister says:

    Can you imagine? Sedin-Sedin-Kessel. That would be too sick.

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