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Could have been Henrik's day

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Could have been Henrik's day

Several weeks ago, The Province'sfeature sports story depressingly reminded Vancouver that October 11 "Could have been Schneider's day". It would have marked the Canucks' 2012-13 season opener against the Flames and, consequently, Schneider's official christening as Vancouver's new and endless scapegoat undisputed starter.

Fast forward later in the month and yesterday marks what would have been Vancouver's tenth game of the regular season. Preparing for a matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, our theories by now would have been confirmed as to whether or not the Canucks' lacklustre Octobers have been entirely Luongo's fault all these years. But in the grander scheme of Canucks hockey lore, the city would most likely be focused on something far more significant.

At 747 points in 892 games, Henrik Sedin currently stands nine points behind Markus Naslund for the Canucks' all-time lead. Assuming he and Daniel's near-robotic point-a-game pace, Henrik would have hypothetically broken Naslund's record yesterday with his 10th point in the 10th game of the season and 757th all-time. Would have happened at Rogers Arena on national television to boot. Maybe a one-timer to Jason Garrison? Probably a tap-in to Burrows.

Realistically, you give or take a couple games for Henrik to pass Naslund in this scenario. Point is, in this now-cancelled stage in the season, we would either be celebrating or anticipating something truly great. And within another three months or so, Daniel, too, would be within reach of his former captain, statistically solidifying the twins as the Canucks' best players in team history.

Cue the standing ovations. The headlines. The city's love affair with the Sedins and, by extension, the game of hockey as a whole.

Moments such as the Sedins' pending milestones have that rare capacity to capture a city's brief attention and a rabid fan's entire consciousness. They turn even the most jaded Canucks followers rosy-eyed for but a few moments – about the length of a pre-game ceremony or a well-produced YouTube montage.

But with this feel-good storyline delayed – reduced in the present time to a mere hypothetical – Canucks fans can add it to the increasing pile of reasons to curse the league's powers-that-be. As exciting as the displaced-NHLer-makes-news-in Europe routine can be these days, yesterday was ultimately for Bettman and Fehr to continue hogging the league's dulling spotlight. Shame to imagine that the day could have been Henrik's.

-HC

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Wow I just envisioned all of that in my head......... and now I am sad :(

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I didn't even think about missing out on that. I'll have to wait another whole year at least before it'll happen :sadno:

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meh, there's more to life than NHL hockey. Kinda happy I haven't had to watch the farce of a product the NHL has been producing the last few years.

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It's been a interesting year though, gotta get some hockey on though.

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OH NO! THE RECORD! CLEARLY THOSE 10 points coming earlier are more important than winning a stanley cup in a shortened season. That's what we will do unless Bootman doesn't get the boot from the owners after they lose 0.001%* of their overall income which they are fighting over...

*(all figures are approximations based on the math from Good Will Hunting and calculated by a real world janitor)

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meh, there's more to life than NHL hockey. Kinda happy I haven't had to watch the farce of a product the NHL has been producing the last few years.

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well there is but it's three things.

1.Going to school and talking/thinking about hockey

2.Playing hockey

3.NHL 13

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Henrik could have gotten the scoring title 4-5 games in. A couple 3 point games and a couple 2 point games. Nothing out of the norm.

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It's been a interesting year though, gotta get some hockey on though.

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These records may matter within the annals of the team's history but of course these personal records would not be at the top of these team-centered guys' lists. For them I think they would appreciate this being the Canucks' day at the end of June even more, even if for some reason they don't achieve these personal milestones.

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Be thankful it isn't the NBA or MLB, where two or three teams get all the good players.

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2 lockouts in their careers. The Sedins (and so many of the leagues other elite players) are missing out on a chance to make history. Their career numbers could be up to 200 points lower than they would have been (assuming this entire season is lost, and assuming they would have had 100 point seasons).

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