Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sedin Twins Committed to Canucks' Rebuild after Another Disappointing Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sedin Twins Committed to Canucks' Rebuild after Another Disappointing Season

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Sedins committed to Canucks' rebuild

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VANCOUVER - Aware things could get a lot worse before they get better, the aging faces of the Vancouver Canucks remain on board with the franchise's plan to rebuild.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin met the media along with their teammates on Tuesday to pick over the carcass of a dismal 2016-17 campaign that saw the club finish 29th overall in the NHL standings.

The talented twins, who will be 37 when the puck drops next season, said despite the long path back to respectability, they're committed to the program of bringing more youngsters into the lineup as they enter the final year of their contracts.

"We've always been," said Henrik Sedin. "We understand that it's going to be a rebuild, a retooling or whatever you want to call it. It was going to take a couple years.

"That's where we are."

A second straight spring without playoff hockey -- the Canucks earned just 69 points this season after a 75-point, 28th-place showing last year -- had cost head coach Willie Desjardins his job just 24 hours earlier.

As they did all season, the Sedins pointed blame squarely at themselves, perhaps unfairly, for the club's 30-43-9 record.

"It's never fun to see your coach go," said Henrik Sedin. "But that says a lot about what we have done this year."

Daniel Sedin led the way with 76 points (20 goals, 56 assists) during Vancouver's 101-point campaign in 2014-15 after Desjardins was hired, while Henrik had 73 points (18 goals, 55 assists).

But the twins' production started to slide when the Canucks missed the playoffs last season, and practically fell off a cliff this year.

Daniel had 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists) to lead the Canucks in 2015-16, but just 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 2016-17. Henrik, meanwhile, went from 55 points (11 goals, 44 assists) to 50 points (15 goals, 35 assists).

The Canucks were actually in a playoff spot at the end of January before cratering down the stretch with an NHL-worst 7-23-3 mark over their final 33 games as they set a franchise record for fewest goals in a season with 178.

"We're committed to come back next year and have a great year," said Henrik Sedin. "I'm fully confident we can do that, but that's for us to prove. …

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