Henrik Sedin said it hits home when he looks at the pictures in his family photo album.
In the early years, the faces are rounder and the hair is more plentiful. There might be a girlfriend or two at the team functions, but mostly, it’s just this group of players taking their first uncertain steps together.
Then the girlfriends become wives. Then the kids start to appear. Then, before you know it, seven years have passed and you’ve accomplished everything you set out to accomplish, except for one thing. And you think about it. You think about what it means and if this will be the last chance with the guys you grew up with, the guys who’ve built something in Vancouver but are now in danger of being remembered for the one thing they didn’t do instead of everything they did.
“We talk it about it pretty much everyday here,” Henrik said. “This is home for us. It’s special that...