Elias Pettersson Contract Talks Update Out of Vancouver

We all know the story by now of Elias Pettersson wanting to wait on extension talks just to see how things shake out this season with the Vancouver Canucks. So far, so good, as the team is in the top spot in the Western Conference, while Pettersson is having another great year. 

But while the "no-rush approach" remains in place, TSN Insider Darren Dreger says "The Vancouver Canucks are eager, and they're ready," and he says the lack of any real activity on the negotiation front will be changing once the calendar flips to 2024.

I would expect CAA Hockey, who represents Pettersson, to walk him through the motions—financial options and scenarios that he is going to have—relatively early in the new year. If he feels good at that point, then (they'll) launch into the negotiations with the Canucks. 

Keep in mind that Pettersson can only be a restricted free agent in the summer, so there's no sense of panic on either side. Of course, no one wants to head into next season without a new long-term deal in place, so the thought is that something will get done. 

Pettersson has 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points in 34 games to go with a plus/minus of +11, while playing right around 20 minutes a night. 

The Canucks are 22-9-3, and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, tied with the Vegas Golden Knights at the top of the Pacific Division and the entire Conference, with 47 points. 

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