As NHL training camps are set to open, the Vancouver Canucks are still missing two of their most important players.
have yet to sign extensions with the team. Both restricted free agents are coming off their entry-level contracts and are two of just eight RFAs league-wide that have yet to re-sign with their clubs.
Canucks head coach Travis Green remains optimistic that Pettersson and Hughes will re-join the team soon.
“I think up until now I was saying that I’m really confident that they’re going to be in,” Green said on the latest episode of The Ray & Dregs Hockey Podcast. “And now we’re getting closer. I still have our teams on the board, original teams from camp, lineups for exhibition games.
“For a coach, it would be very disappointing if they’re not in. But yet I do understand that that’s part of the business nowadays.”