After an excellent start to the season, the Vancouver Canucks must be relieved to have a good case to make for their star Elias Pettersson, who will be looking for a new contract next summer.
The Swede is giving himself the best arguments by leading the National Hockey League (NHL) with 25 points in 15 games. This impressive tally, along with his 102 points last season, guarantees he’ll break the bank in no time.
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However, Pettersson explained in August that he was in no rush to sign a new contract. “It’s probably going to be the biggest contract of my career, so I don’t want to rush anything,” he, who will be paid $7.35 million in 2023-24, told the Sportsnet network.
When asked by Daily Faceoff reporter Frank Seravalli after Tuesday’s general managers meeting in Toronto, Patrik Allvin said negotiations with the 25-year-old forward are going well.
“I spoke to (Pettersson’s agent) Pat Brisson and met his Swedish agent a few weeks ago when I was in town. We continue to talk and see where things go. Hoping we can get it resolved sooner rather than later,” the CEO said.
Brisson also gave an interview to the Daily Faceoff, but would not say more.
“We’re continuing discussions, but I’d prefer to keep things discreet for now,” said the prolific Quebec agent.
The Canucks are in second place in the Pacific Division with a record of 11-3-1. They will face the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.