Earlier today the Vancouver Canucks announced a big contract extensions for defenseman Ben Hutton, you can read about that here, and now they are already working on their next big signing.
General manager Jim Benning has laid his cards right out on the table for all to see and has in fact informed Sportsnet's Dan Murphy that the Canucks are now focused of signing former first round draft pick Bo Horvat to a long-term deal. According to Muprphy the Canucks are not interested in working on a bridge deal, they are fully committed to keeping Horvat in-house for the long term.
It makes a lot of sense, the 21-year-old former 9th overall pick in 2013 has been very good for Vancouver including this season during Vancouver's struggles on the ice. In 20 games this season he has 7 goals and 6 assists and when you factor in his age it's fair to assume that he has yet to hit his prime as an NHL forward.
This seems like a very smart decision from management, something that has unfortunately felt like a rarity from the Canucks organization as of late.