Canucks sign Pettersson, Hughes to new deals

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The Vancouver Canucks have signed young star center Elias Pettersson and defenseman Quinn Hughes, getting both restricted free agents in just under two weeks before the NHL season begins, a source told ESPN on Friday, confirming multiple reports.

Pettersson, 22, agreed to a three-year deal with an average annual value of $7.35 million against the salary cap, and Hughes, 21, signed a six-year deal with an average annual value of $7.85 million, the highest on the team, according to a source.

Pettersson, the fifth overall pick in 2017 and NHL rookie of the year in 2018-19, has 153 points in 165 games with Vancouver. He was limited to 26 games in last season’s 56-game campaign but had 21 points.

Pettersson will remain a restricted free agent when the contract ends in 2023-24.

Hughes will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2026-27 season. He has 97 points in 129 games. He finished second to Colorado’s Cale Makar for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2019-20.

Makar signed a six-year deal worth $9 million annually with the Colorado Avalanche in July. Hughes’ contract carries a smaller cap hit than young defensemen like Makar, Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot ($8 million) and Dallas’s Miro Heiskanen ($8.45 million), although the latter two signed 8-year deals with their teams.

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