Canucks Confirm Another Key Player Extension Has Been Offered

Now that the Elias Pettersson extension is finally out of the way, Vancouver Canuks GM Patrik Allvin has confirmed the team's next target to sign on the dotted line, as they've offered top-pairing defenseman Filip Hronek a big extension:

We want to keep him. And we have put a contract offer out to him which we feel is fair, so hopefully we can get a deal done for Filip to stay here in Vancouver. 

Allvin, in confirming the offer on Sportsnet 650 radio, wouldn't say whether is a shorter or longer-term extension, playing his hand close to the vest. 

Similarly to what was the case with Pettersson, Hronek is set to become a restricted free-agent, so that the urgency to get a deal done right now is not quite there. 

Nevertheless, Hronek has been a huge get for the Canucks since they acquired him a year ago at the trade deadline from the Detroit Red Wings. To say he's fit in seamlessly would be an understatement. The 26 year-old has paired up with Quinn Hughes to form one of the top defensive pairings in the NHL. Hronek has a career-high 40 assists and 45 points along with a brilliant plus-minus rating of +34 in 66 games. 

Hronek is owed a qualifying offer of $5.28 million after the season, but is due to earn more than that on a long-term deal. 

Vancouver currently leads the Pacific division and the entire Western Conference with 91 points. 

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