Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes with New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes and Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson
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Superstar Talent Traded to the Montreal Canadiens? Kent Hughes May Have the Opportunity to Make a Generational Splash

Published February 25, 2024 at 4:27 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are one of the most dominant teams this season, and along with the Winnipeg Jets, they form the two teams most likely to bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada for the first time since 1993.

However, this team could undergo serious changes over the summer, as several deals within the lineup are set to expire, including several big names, such as Elias Pettersson.

Strangely, although the star forward for the Canucks is one of the best players in the league and will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, his name is widely circulating in trade rumors.

Moreover, as confirmed by insider Elliotte Friedman, Vancouver has received calls from several league teams inquiring about the 25-year-old Swede.

"Friedman, during the intermission, said that teams were calling the Canucks about Elias Pettersson since there was no news on an extension and how it was progressing. The Canucks are telling teams they're trying to sign him." - via NHL Watcher

The Canucks have affirmed their intention to come to terms with the star player, and Friedman mentions that GM Patrik Allvin would be ready to offer him a lot of money to keep his services.

However, Pettersson's future with the team that drafted him 5th overall in 2017 is still very unclear, even if they wish to make him a lucrative offer to sign long-term in Vancouver.

"I should mention on 32TP Friedman said the Canucks are ready to spend as much money as it takes to sign Pettersson, $11 million, $12 million AAV, they're ready, but they're waiting for the green light from Pettersson and that hasn't happened yet. That raises an eyebrow..." - via NHL Watcher

We learn that it is the player himself who is slowing down the possible conclusion of a contract extension, which is always a worrying element in a negotiation.

Could we see a scenario like Pierre-Luc Dubois occur with Pettersson this summer?

Some rumors persist that he might want to leave Vancouver sooner rather than later, fueling the possibility of seeing him traded one day or another.

One thing is certain, if Pettersson demands a one-year contract to reach full autonomy as the Quebecer did last year, forcing the Winnipeg Jets to trade him, Kent Hughes absolutely must give it a try.

It wouldn't even be surprising to learn that the Canadiens are one of the teams that have contacted the Canucks for Pettersson's services.

This will certainly be a big file to watch over the coming months.

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