History will be made tonight at Rogers Arena when the Vancouver Canucks raise Henrik and Daniel Sedin's numbers to the rafters.
The twins will be the fifth and sixth members of the team to have their numbers put out of circulation, joining Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure.
And, like everything else to do with sports these days, you have the option to bet on it!
The folks at the BCLC are offering odds on miscellaneous, Sedin-related bets for the true degenerates among us.
Because we’re in this with you, here’s our take on whether each one is a worthy venture.
Who will Henrik thank first in his retirement speech during the ceremony?
Aquilini Group/Canucks Organization - 2.00
Family - 2.50
Other - 6.00
Teammates/Coaches - 8.00
For the uninitiated, the numbers essentially mean that, for every dollar wagered on the Aquilini family, the bettor makes $2.
None of these bets are slam dunks, but the first two listed are heavily favoured for a reason. The odds that the Sedins' families will be right beside them are high, so they could be top of the mind.
But the Aquilinis and the organization will be thanked, and it’s a fairly safe bet that they’ll be first on the list. Don’t sleep on the Other option, though. The Sedins will undoubtedly thank the fans, though they’ll probably wait until the end of their speech.
Will Daniel Sedin thank Duncan Keith?
Yes – 5.00
The history is deep between these two, as Keith delivered an extremely dirty elbow on Daniel in March of 2012.
And of course the Canucks are playing the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, so Sedin could make reference to it in a joking way.
But +500 isn’t that great odds for something that seems like a stretch.
The Sedins to announce they are coming out of retirement
Yes – 100
Yeah, not happening.
Will Roberto Luongo have his jersey retired by the Canucks prior to the end of the 2020-21 NHL regular season?
Yes – 4.50
Will Ryan Kesler be inducted into the Canucks Ring of Honour prior to the end of the 2020-21 NHL regular season?
Yes – 4.50
We’ll assess these two together since they are obviously linked. Both players will be in attendance at the ceremony and both have somewhat checkered pasts as Canucks.
Most famously, they both asked for trades, though Kesler burned far more bridges than Luongo on his way out of town.
We’d say the odds of Luongo getting his jersey retired by Vancouver eventually are decent. But the 2020-21 season seems too quick. He’ll need to be honoured by the Florida Panthers first, and we know the Canucks take their time in determining retired numbers. Luongo is the greatest goalie in franchise history, no doubt, but raising his number to the rafters—if it happens at all—will take some time.
Kesler’s path is a bit less clear. One of the best players to represent the Canucks (and one of the few to take home an individual award when he won the Selke Trophy), the former centre has been trying to rehab his image in Vancouver lately.
The reception by the fans when he appears tonight will say a lot. But it’s still probably way too early to even think about putting him in the Ring of Honour—he’s still technically under contract with the Anaheim Ducks until 2021-22.
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