Training camp has officially opened with players reporting to Rogers Arena this morning for medicals and other administrative needs.
With that happening, the players and management will be available to speak to the media throughout the day. First up was GM Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green to set-up the expectations of the season and what they hope to see.
Within that press conference, Benning was asked about Brock Boeser and what is expected to happen with his contract as he enters the final season of his three-year entry level contract. He had this to say:
Boeser will play out the last year of his entry-level contract and will talk long-term contract at the end of the season, said Benning. #CanucksCamp
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 13, 2018
Obviously, things could change over the few weeks but it’s fair to assume that Canucks management plans to enter the season as he outlined above and then look to extend Boeser at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
A few weeks ago, I wrote why waiting to discuss a contract with Boeser and his representatives was the best course of action and those still all apply. The organization holds the cards in terms of arbitration rights (won’t have them), offer sheets (he can’t be), and possible regression. While Boeser’s side is betting on the player being able to build off what he did last season.
Either way, being upfront about this decision is likely the right course of action as it sets the expectations for the season and avoids the constant questioning throughout.
It will still be interesting to see how Boeser handles being a leader for this team as it looks to lean on it’s younger players for offence.