Bruins Should Seize the Opportunity if This Player Becomes Available

Austin Sabourin
August 26, 2023  (11:49)

The 2019 Calder Trophy victor is once again in the limelight, as NHL trade buzz intensifies. Elias Pettersson, the standout player for the Vancouver Canucks, has stirred discussions among fans and analysts with his cautious approach to signing a contract extension.

Talking openly with Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman, Pettersson revealed his perspective, saying, "I got one more year left over there. And I don't want to rush into anything because I still don't know myself if it's going to be a short- or long-term (contract). It's going to be probably my biggest contract so far. So I don't want to stress anything."
Following the retirements of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, NHL trade rumors have connected the Boston Bruins to potential new talent. Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames and Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets have been discussed. Notably, these three players share the same contract status, with their current agreements expiring after the upcoming season. However, Pettersson stands out—he's set to be a restricted free agent next July 1, providing a distinctive advantage.
Unlike Lindholm and Scheifele, who might become unrestricted free agents in 2024, Pettersson's youth is a strong asset. At 25, he's on the cusp of his prime, ready to lead with his exceptional abilities.
At 6 feet 2 inches tall and 176 pounds, Pettersson's skill on the ice is evident. After a challenging 2020-21 season, he rebounded impressively, tallying 32 goals and 36 assists in 2021-22, followed by a remarkable 39 goals and 63 assists the next season.
The trade possibilities for Pettersson are intriguing, given his imminent contract status. With a current three-year, $22 million contract and a $7.3 million salary cap hit, his value in the market is substantial.
Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney's quest for a dynamic center pair creates an opportunity for exploration. The Bruins' sizeable $28.5 million salary cap space for the upcoming offseason makes investing in a budding superstar center a promising prospect, potentially outweighing the acquisition of centers later in their careers.
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Bruins Should Seize the Opportunity if This Player Becomes Available

If Pettersson doesn't sign an extension with the Canucks should the Bruins make a push to sign him?

Yes10765.6 %
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