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Vancouver Rejoice As The Wait Is Finally Over! Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson And Quinn Hughes

The Vancouver Canucks sign Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes as the start of the NHL season loomed. The team announced they had agreed to terms with their two superstars on Sunday morning. After a missed training camp and only 4 preseason games to go fans were starting to get nervous. Be nervous no more!

Rumors started to flood on Thursday night that the two sides were getting close on contract talks. Satair Shah from Sportsnet first reported that things had heated up and the flurry of insiders followed with “Confirmed”. The numbers would get adjusted later from Elliotte Friedman. It was a tidy piece of business from Jim Benning and company.

The Swedish superstar inked for a 3 year 7.35 million Average Annual Value. It was a great deal coming in under 8 million a year and keeps Petey under Vancouver control when the 3 years are up. In his 3 seasons so far in the NHL Pettersson has 65 goals and 153 points in 165 NHL games. Pettersson has a Calder Trophy to his resume as well as 0.93 points a game.

“I think the landscape has changed a little bit with the RFA players coming out of their entry-level deals wanting more money, expecting more money.” Said Jim Benning to the media on Sunday.

The Vancouver Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson And Quinn Hughes
Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson And Quinn Hughes

While it wasn’t an 8-year deal Vancouver was able to lock up Quinn Hughes for 6 years and purchase one year of UFA service. Hughes burst onto the scene for Vancouver in his rookie season with 53 points in his first full season. He would follow it up with another solid performance tallying 38 assists and 41 points in a shortened 2021 season.

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Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson And Quinn Hughes

Jim Bennings Meets The Media After The Canucks Sign Elias Pettersson And Quinn Hughes

Jim Benning spoke about getting the deals done and the complexity of them, “It was an interesting time, [In} August, spent a lot of time talking… Talks really ramped up this week when camp started and they weren’t here.” He would continue about getting the players signed for the term they did. Quinn Hughes wanted a bit of a longer deal Benning said. “We worked at it all summer, it would have been nice to get them done before camp.”

“Petey now we signed him to a 3-year deal, he’s got, we own 4 years before he’s unrestricted so we’ll just see what it looks like in the next 3 years and next time try and do an 8-year extension with him. With Quinn, he wanted a little bit of a longer-term and we worked with that and I think we got to a number we were comfortable with and they were happy with so we [were] able to do that for a little bit longer.” Said Jim in the press conference Sunday afternoon.

Travis Green also spoke with the media about getting the players in the lineup, “I don’t think they will play Tuesday, I have plans to get them in the last two games.” Coach Green would also speak on the playing at home in front of a crowd for the first time in a while. “Great, it will be awesome. It’s been a while since we have felt that energy especially in our own building so really looking forward to tonight [Sunday].”

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The Vancouver Canucks get back to preseason action Sunday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets. The puck drops at BC Place at 4:00 pm PST. You can check out the full Canucks schedule here as they finish off the preseason before getting things started for real against the Edmonton Oilers on October 13th.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 as the hockey season gets underway for more news about your Vancouver Canucks. Check back to the Sports Talk Line Website for more stories and news like my chat with Danila Klimovich’s agent last week.

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