REPORT | Boston reporter lists Elias Pettersson as a target for the Bruins

Cooper Godin
August 24, 2023  (3:12 PM)

Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson sat down with Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman for an interview in Sweden recently and was asked about his contract situation.

Pettersson is entering the final year of his current contract and is set to become a restricted free agent in July 2024. Contract talks were reportedly supposed to begin late this summer, but Pettersson mentioned that he's put things on hold for now in order to prepare for the upcoming season.
His comments began to worry some Canucks fans, which is understandable, but it's hard to see him leaving the organization anytime soon and that a contract will be signed when the time is right.
But could other teams start to target the Canucks forward via trade? It seems unlikely that Patrik Allvin will part with Pettersson, but Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now suggests that the team should try and acquire the 24-year-old.
The Bruins lost centermen Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci this summer to retirement, which has quickly left the organization with a lack of depth down the middle. They've been linked to a few different names over the last couple months including Mark Scheifele and Elias Lindholm, but Murphy says it's the age factor and contract status (RFA vs UFA) that should intrigue Boston about Elias Pettersson.
"With Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci retiring, there have been plenty of NHL trade rumors linking the Bruins to Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele. Like both those players, Pettersson is heading into the final year of his current contract, but unlike those potential 2024 unrestricted free agents, Pettersson is set to be a restricted free agent next July 1. More importantly, Pettersson will only be 25 years old then, while Lindholm will be 29, and Scheifele will be 31."

The cost of an Elias Pettersson trade would be substantial and the Bruins' prospect pool isn't the greatest to say the least, so it's hard to envision these two teams being trade partners.
With all that being said, at the end of the day, the odds of the Vancouver Canucks moving Elias Pettersson is slim-to-none and that a contract between the two sides will get done, whether that's before training camp, in-season or next spring.
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REPORT | Boston reporter lists Elias Pettersson as a target for the Bruins

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