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Insider reports Pettersson was nearly moved to eastern conference in blockbuster trade

Published February 29, 2024 at 4:33 PM

Just moments ago, it was revealed by Sportsnet hockey insider and 32 thoughts podcaster Elliotte Friedman that the Vancouver Canucks were in discussions with the Carolina Hurricanes to move star forward Elias Pettersson as negotiations had stalled for the contract extension.

The Canucks ultimately decided in favour of another attempt at extending Pettersson, and he, facing the possibility Vancouver could move him, allowed agents Pat Brisson and JP Barry to resume negotiations. Previously, the talented forward indicated he preferred to wait until after the season.

The report showed that the Canucks forced Pettersson to make a choice on where he wanted to play as the team was preparing to move him to the Hurricanes if a deal couldn't be reached. According to Friedman, the Canucks got far enough into discussion with the Hurricanes that they had to ask Pettersson directly if he had intentions on signing, or else the team would continue with the trade.

According to David Pagnotta, the players going back to Vancouver would've included Martin Necas and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Over the past 24 hours, reports have been conflicting as Frank Seravalli of the dailyfaceoff.com reported that Patterson wanted to get a deal done by the end of the week.

It seems that after Pettersson was presented with the fact that he could be dealt to Carolina, he was encouraged to resume contract negotiations with the Canucks. If that's accurate, it could turn out to be a brilliant negotiation tactic from the Canucks. Now according to insiders, Pettersson is in discussions to sign for 6 years, north of $12M.
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Insider reports Pettersson was nearly moved to eastern conference in blockbuster trade

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