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NHL News Roundup 4/3/18: Sedins Say Goodbye, Karlsson Preparing Departure



Daniel and Henrik Sedin By s.yume from Vancouver, Canada

10:40 a.m.: Our Shelly Anderson has coverage from practice, where it’s rumored to be team picture day. Check back for practice news and locker room chats!

10:30 a.m.: Monday, the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, announced their departure as they have played their entire career: Together. The pair announced the three remaining Vancouver Canucks games will be their last.

The pair never won a Stanley Cup, but Henrik Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy in 2009-10. Daniel finished second in Hart Trophy voting in 2011. LIke their looks, the pair’s stat lines are nearly identical as well. Daniel currently has 1038 points (391g, 647a) in 1303 career games. Henrik has 1068 points (240g, 828a) in 1327 games.

In 1999, then Canucks General Manager Brian Burke swung three draft-day deals to obtain the second and third overall picks to draft the Swedish phenoms together.

This season Henrick has only three goals, but 45 assists. Daniel will retire a 20-goal scorer, with 21 goals and 31 assists this season.

–Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson snagged the puck from the Senators final home game. At the conclusion of the Senators 6-5 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Karlsson skated to the empty net and tucked the puck into his pants. Sportsnet has the writeup–the hockey world definitely noticed. Karlsson was nearly dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights at the trade deadline but Sens GM Pierre Dion pulled back.

Karlsson, the games premier defenseman, will be a UFA after next season. Karlsson has let it be known he will maximize his next contract. In other words, no hometown discounts and no undervalued deals to help the team.

–The Washington Capitals, which clinched the Metro Division crown with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night, dealt a blow the St. Louis Blues chances Monday night. The Capitals beat the Blues 4-2, which kept the Blues one point behind the Colorado Avalanche with three games remaining. Braden Holtby returned to the net and made 34 saves in the win.