Vancouver Canucks left wing Sven Baertschi has elected against rejoining his team for the NHL's Return to Play initiative.
Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced Saturday that Baertschi informed the club of his decision the previous day.
"Sven informed us late yesterday that he has chosen to opt out of the NHL Return to Play Program. It was a difficult decision but ultimately one we respect and understand," Benning said in a statement posted by the club to Twitter.
"We have added Kole Lind to our Return to Play roster and will continue to focus on preparation for camp," the statement continued.
Baertschi will become the second NHL player to opt out of the NHL's restart, joining Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic.
Baertschi has two assists while appearing in six games with the Canucks in 2019-20. The 27-year-old Switzerland native recorded 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) in 43 games this season with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.
Baertschi has collected 138 points (66 goals, 72 assists) in 291 career NHL games with the Flames and Canucks. He was the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Flames.
The Canucks (36-27-6) return to the ice for the play-in round on Aug. 2 with the opener of a best-of-five series against the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7).
--Field Level Media