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 Post subject: Three years later, the places on the
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It was a little more than three years ago -- on Nov. 1, 2013 -- that?Daniel Sedin?and Henrik Sedin signed matching four-year contract extensions with the?Vancouver Canucks.They did so with a clear, shared thought in mind: that by the time those contracts expired and the twins were 37 years old, they would have helped the next generation of core Canucks players take over and could each enjoy their last few years in supporting roles.That certainly remains the plan, although I would argue the clock is ticking on said plan.that's what were hoping for, its what weve said all along, Henrik, the teams captain, told ESPN.com on Friday. No one would be happier if someone came in and we were second-liners when this ended. That would be great, because that would mean we were a very competitive team. Were not going to give it to them. Were going to fight the best we can to be the leading guys [because] its where we want to be and we feel like we still have it in us.The two players remain the faces of the Canucks franchise in their 16th season, not just with their consistent play on the ice but with their charitable and classy ways off it. It makes you wonder how the twilight years are going to look for them if this retooling-on-the-fly doesn't pan out.Two years ago, it looked promising. We made it to the playoffs and felt we were [going] in the right direction, Henrik said. And then last year, there were different circumstances, we had injuries, that was unfortunate. This year, I think were a deeper team. I think we can compete -- which is a different feeling from last year. But we want to see this team moving in the right direction, and I think it is. In saying that, we need young guys to step up, we need them to play a bigger role and to take over. that's what were looking for.The Canucks carry an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1) into Brooklyn against the?New York Islanders?on Monday night after losing 6-3 to the?Toronto Maple Leafs?over the weekend.Canucks fans on social media are screaming for the team to go for a massive rebuild.Vancouver GM Jim Benning and team president Trevor Linden still believe the current plan can work, of course. The team has gotten younger over the last few years. But fans are restless.I asked both Sedins where a significant rebuilding effort -- which isn't in the cards right now -- would leave them and whether they think about things like that given how things are going.The answer from both Sedins, as you might expect: They don't think about something like that.We got a game tomorrow, that's how I think about it, Daniel said. We love Vancouver, we want to get to a point where this team can be successful again and we want to be part of that. But ... its not entirely up to us. Were really respectful of Jim and Trevor and what they want to do. But were going to our best to be a big help to this team and help get it back to where the Canucks belong, where we were 6-7 years ago.Added Henrik: I don't want to think about that now. Were in a dogfight now. We know this team can fight for it this year. that's where we want to be.Sure, there is a lot of hockey left to be played. Perhaps Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen and the rest of that young crew will make believers out of the Canucks faithful by the end of the season. Regardless, what the twins just can't fathom is ever being elsewhere.Vancouvers our team, Henrik said. Its where we want to play. Its where we want to live. Its where we want to win. We can't see ourselves playing for a different team. We want to help this team get to a place where it can get something going.But, moving forward, its not only up to us, if teams want to do something, they can force you out. But were going to do our best to stay competitive and that's our only thought process.I know what youre thinking, that the there's no way the twins would say it publicly if they truly thought this team was headed in the wrong direction. But I sensed a genuine sincerity in their words Friday when they talked about believing in where this team was headed.It made me think about the 2007-08 season, when their Swedish countryman Mats Sundin was honestly surprised -- and, I suspect, hurt deep-down -- when the Maple Leafs asked him to ponder a trade before he declined to waive his no-trade clause. Sundin, loyal to a fault to his team, genuinely believed the Leafs were still in the fight and didn't understand why anyone would think otherwise.The Canucks might very well get things going and prove the twins right for that same belief. But if it doesn't go right, Im also guessing the Sedin brothers will be the last ones to see it because of their loyalty. They will believe to the end.All of which is going to make things interesting as their current deals tick away. Both contracts expire on June 30, 2018. And know this: The twins feel theyve got plenty of hockey left in them.We feel like we can still play at this level, Daniel said. We feel good, our bodies are healthy. Well see what happens the rest of the season, but we feel good. Cheap New Jersey Devils Jerseys . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Cheap Devils Jerseys China . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. http://www.cheapdevilsjerseys.com/ . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. Adidas Taylor Hall Jersey . The lawyers filed a 33-page amended complaint Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, expanding on the suit originally filed Oct. 3 in New York Supreme Court. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week refused to compel Selig to testify in the grievance, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. TROON, Scotland -- Game 41 of The Open began promptly at 2:35 p.m. Sunday. Henrik Stenson of Sweden and?Phil Mickelson of the United States. The leader and the legend. The 40-year-old in search of his first major championship and the 46-year-old in search of his sixth.The other 40 games all had their meanings, but Game 41 had much more. It had history in its gallery. It had all eyes on it. Stenson and Mickelson were the power couple. Everyone else was elevator music.There has been a lot of talk about the golf gods this week at Royal Troon. Mickelson said he didn't believe in them until Thursday, when his birdie putt for a major-record 62 did everything but buy a timeshare on the bottom of the cup. And Stenson, who had been tormented by those same golf gods throughout his distinguished career, didn't dare anger them by saying out loud what he had said to himself as Sunday approached: He was going to win The Open.Hours later, as a gentle Scottish evening replaced the rain and winds of the previous days, Stenson did as promised. He won the 145th Open and did so with major championship pressure attached.He shot the lowest total score in a major (264). He posted a final-round 63 to win a major, only the second player in history to do so. And he defeated the great Mickelson, who must still be wondering how he shot rounds of 63, 69, 70 and a Sunday 65 -- and still lost by 3 shots.It was Duel In The Sun stuff, vintage Tom Watson vs. Jack Nicklaus in the final round of the 1977 Open. Watson and Nicklaus played that day at Turnberry, just 20 miles down the road from Royal Troon.Watson beat Nicklaus in what has long been considered the greatest final round in golf history. But Stenson vs. Mickelson is in the team photo. In fact, its in the front row.How good was it? Well, Watson was in London on Sunday listening to The Open in a car with his agent, Barry Hyde, as they drove to their hotel.Asked if he was having flashbacks to his Open duel with Nicklaus, Watson said, Very similar. And great theater.And Nicklaus had watched too, spellbound by it. Mickelson played one of the best rounds I have ever seen in The Open, he said in a statement.It was great everything. Great drama. Great pressure. Great performances.Stenson and Mickelson have played professional golf for a combined 42 years. And yet there was a moment this week when Mickelson made a point to walk over to the glass casee that held the Claret Jug just off the first tee box.dddddddddddd He kissed his fingers and placed them on the glass.It was Mickelsons way of paying homage, of saying hello again to the Claret Jug that belonged to him for a year after winning The Open at Muirfield in 2013. He wanted it back.Stenson had come tantalizingly close too. Hed had five top-three finishes in majors. But something told him this would be the one. But who knew it would take a 63 and 10 birdies to fulfill the promise.When it was done, you could see a certain degree of shock in both of their faces. Mickelson had played magnificent golf, good enough in almost any other Open to leave here with that little silver jug. But this wasnt any other Open.Mickelson walked from the 18th green and into the scorers trailer just off to the side of the Royal Troon clubhouse. It was time to sign his scorecard. No matter how many times he added up the numbers, his final-round 65 wasnt enough.Mickelsons longtime caddie, Jim Mackay, who had shed tears of joy when Mickelson won at Muirfield in 2013, waited outside. His face was blank, as if he couldn't quite believe what he had witnessed.A moment later,?Jordan Spieths caddie, Michael Greller, approached Mackay. Even though Spieth had?completed his round hours earlier, Greller had wanted to pay his respects.Hey, man, helluva week, said Greller, as he hugged Mackay. That was impressive.Greller knew. Everyone knew. The 35,637 spectators who had come to Royal Troon on Sunday. The millions who watched on television. Even Tom Watson, who listened to a car radio in London.It was Mickelson who once told Stenson that the Swede would one day win a major. That day almost happened in 2013, when Stenson finished second to Mickelson. Three years later, the places on the leaderboard were reversed.Stenson will forever cherish his memories of Game 41. Afterward, he carried the Claret Jug from interview to interview, from course to clubhouse.Mickelson will forever wonder how he didn't win on Sunday. He played near-flawless golf, and it wasnt good enough. But the truth is, there is no shame in this runner-up finish -- his 11th in majors.To those 35,637 who witnessed Sundays final round in person, wed like to offer one piece of advice:Save the ticket stubs. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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