At this time of the year, if you blink and you’ll miss an update.
Last week, it was reported that the Canucks and Brock Boeser were far apart on contract negotiations. It obviously caused a bit of a panic as Canucks fans want to get the sniper locked up to a deal sooner rather than later. Well, this morning, Jim Benning was on SN650 and put a damper on those concerns
Benning on reports talks with Boeser are far apart : "Those reports are unfounded and not true. I don't know where that came from, we are in constant with his group. Contract talks have gone in the right direction, we want to get him signed." #Canucks
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) June 5, 2019
Obviously, there will be some posturing to this whole situation as the situation is fluid and can change at any time. But Benning does appear to be a little more confident with the direction that it is heading.
Ultimately, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle. There is a gap between what the Canucks want to get Boeser signed for and what the Boeser side wants to try and get. That gap is likely closing and trending in the right direction, so fans shouldn’t be too worried about what is happening.
It’s also important to remember the situation that is in front of the Canucks and Boeser. As Petbugs broke down back in 2017, Boeser is not eligible for an offer sheet and does not have arbitration rights because he did not accumulate a ‘pro season’ during his 9 game stint to close out the 2016-17 season.
This means that the Canucks have the power to just wait this out. While the Boeser camp knows this and will wait to see what the other restricted free-agents get over the summer and then engage the negotiations a little differently. So although there is progress on the deal, this is something that could drag out a little longer than some hope.
The Canucks are in rush to get the deal done as they hold the leverage and Boeser isn’t really exposed. While the player’s side hopes that other teams get aggressive with their deal and thus create a more lucrative market for their client.
No matter what, there shouldn’t be concern of a deal getting done. It just may take drag a bit into the summer.