NHL Rumors: Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes closing in on new deals; Ryan Strome not listening to trade rumors; and more

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Dec 28, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson (40) celebrates his goal against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) (not pictured) with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (43) and forward Brock Boeser (6) during the third period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Fans of the Vancouver Canucks got some good news late yesterday when it was revealed that two franchise cornerstones were on the verge of new deals.

According to several reports, Elias Pettersson is close to a 3-year extension and Quinn Hughes is getting a 6-year deal.

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NHL Rumors: Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes close to deals with Canucks

Elias Pettersson: The 22 year-old center registered 21 points in 26 games after an early slump where he scored only 2 points in his first 8 contests. Per several reports his deal should come in under $8M AAV for the next three seasons.

Quinn Hughes: This 21 year-old defenseman is already one of the game’s best. He scored 41 points in 56 games last season and has Norris Trophy potential. The news on Hughes is he is close to a 6-year contract with an AAV around $7 to $8M.

“I know the talks have intensified between the Vancouver Canucks and the agents for Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, that’s J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson from CAA Sports,” Darren Dreger said on Insider Trading. “Now, I’m told they’re still grinding, they’re not there yet. They’re still apart on a number of the issues, that’s how the status of the negotiations is being qualified, but everyone is trying to move a little bit. So, in that, there’s also reason for optimism.”

It is believed that these deals will be announced today.

Rangers Ryan Strome not concerned with rumors

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Apr 25, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Ryan Strome #16 of the New York Rangers smiles during warm ups before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on April 25, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of the summer, trade rumors have persisted around the New York Rangers. Most of these rumors included center, Ryan Strome in one way or another.

Yesterday, Strome was asked if he reads about Jack Eichel trade rumors. “I don’t,” he quickly responded. “It’s a business. I think everyone in here has been traded before except for a few guys. If there’s a trade made then we’ll respond accordingly. If you worry about that, it’s just going to negatively impact you.”

Another reason why Strome is in the trade rumor mill so often is because he will be a UFA at the end of this season. Do the Rangers extend him before the trade deadline? What would it cost? How many years would it take?

“I love being a Ranger, I think I fit in great here,” he answered. “I love the guys on this team. I care so much about those guys. Whatever happens, happens. Everyone is really excited (about this season), and that’s my focus.”

Jon Cooper talking new contract

On the heels of the Toronto Maple Leafs extending Sheldon Keefe, it sound like back-to-back Stanley Cup winner Jon Cooper is in negotiations.

Jon Cooper is entering the last year of his deal but on the heels of his general manager Julien BriseBois getting an extension this week, he too now is in talks with the Lightning to get an extension. That should be a no-brainer,” Pierre LeBrun revealed on TSN. “Jared Bednar, also on his last year, I’m told he’s also in negotiations with the Avalanche right now. We’ll see where that goes.”