Few surprises amongst Canucks’ qualifying offers, while Holtby waits on fate

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The Canucks made some procedural decisions on Monday, while Braden Holtby remains in limbo.

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Patrick Johnston

VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 24: Braden Holtby #49 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from his crease during their NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena on April 24, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Jeff Vinnick /PNG Article content

The Vancouver Canucks extended qualifying offers to seven players Tuesday, locking in their status as restricted free agents.

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Outside of perhaps Lukáš Jašek, who impressed last season for the Utica Comets but nonetheless signed a contract with Finnish Liiga team the Lahti Pelicans for this coming season, none of the offers are a surprise.

Also receiving qualifying offers are Guillaume Brisebois, Jason Dickinson, Conor Garland, Quinn Hughes, Olli Juolevi and Elias Pettersson.

Garland, Hughes and Pettersson are all going to sign for big numbers. At last report, a source described the Hughes and Pettersson negotiations — the young stars share representation with super agent Pat Brisson — as “plodding along.” Garland was added in a trade last Friday; his agent Peter Cooney wouldn’t divulge to Postmedia what he was after in the coming negotiations with the Canucks, but expressed a positive outlook towards the negotiations.

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