Apologies if this has been brought up Elsewhere but here's Friedman on the Canucks...
22. The contract extensions for Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancouver are more proof of why it is so important to draft and develop homegrown talent. It is true, as Canucks GM Mike Gillis said, that they're irreplaceable in free agency, but the Canucks knew that their families, especially the children, love it there. If an organization can grow with a young player to the point where he puts down local roots, it increases your chances of keeping your best exponentially.
23. At the end of the day, it sounds like all the twins wanted from the Canucks was recognition the cap is going up and to be fairly compensated for that. Their previous deal was signed when the ceiling was under $60 million. Now it's at $64.3 million and expected to go higher (under the new CBA, it can never drop below this year's number). The organization understood that, but at $7 million, these guys are still a bargain by NHL standards.
24. There are a couple of scouts who think Canucks head coach John Tortorella will keep Ryan Kesler on Henrik Sedin's wing long-term, spreading Daniel Sedin around to create offence. I've no idea if that's what he will do, but it would be interesting to watch.
25. So why is it working early between Tortorella and his new team? A couple of theories. First, Vancouver's veterans have been willing to accept change. It's not only the shot-blocking, but things like new roles and breaking up the Sedins. Some veteran-laden clubs won't adapt to a new coach's ideas. That hasn't happened here. Another interesting idea put forward by one of the players is that they're a quiet group and Tortorella's strong personality fits with that.
A few interesting tidbits in there although #25 is the one that is the most fascinating IMO.
People talk about the "swagger" this group had etc, but here's Friedman with an unnamed Canuck calling them "a quiet group."
Also I think it bears mentioning that this team deserves some praise for buying into a new regime with little or no pushback - the last time this team went through a coaching change and tried a different approach to the game we had a couple of veterans spend a couple years fucking the dog (although injuries and age played a part no doubt) and thankfully it looks like we're largely being spared that this time around.. it's a credit to the guys on this team IMO.