NHL Rumors: Marcus Pettersson To Canucks Trade Shot Down

The Vancouver Canucks have been rumoured to still be looking for defensive help after news broke that Travis Dermott will miss some time due to a concussion he suffered at practice on September 27. Concussions are very unpredictable, so the timetable is tough to pin down.

Amidst the injuries to Dermott and Tyler Myers, the Canucks went out and traded for a defenceman to fill the void. They acquired Riley Stillman from the Chicago Blackhawks for fourth liner Jason Dickinson and a 2023 second round pick.

Stillman is just 24 years old and is set to start the season on the third pairing. He suited up for 52 games in 2021-22, scoring two goals and 12 points. It was the most games he's played in a season in the NHL after appearing in games in the three prior seasons. Stillman didn't see a ton of ice time, but he did bring a physical presence to the blue line when he was on the ice.

Though the Canucks still may be looking for help on defence, Elliotte Friedman shot down rumours that the team was interested in Marcus Pettersson from the Pittsburgh Penguins saying, "A couple of sources have told me to 'stand down' on Marcus Pettersson to Vancouver rumours."

The Penguins appear to still be trying to trade Pettersson and for good reason. The team has four players earning over $4 million per season on defence and they have players who can fill that role. Pierre-Olivier Joseph made the Penguins out of camp, but there are rumours they are also trying to trade him. While Ty Smith was forced to be sent to the minors because of a lack of space. Both Joseph and Smith are left defencemen and could fill a hole left on the defence.

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