Brock Boeser met with Canucks GM Allvin and ‘requested to stay put’: report
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3 months ago
It doesn’t seem like Brock Boeser is going anywhere.
According to a report from The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Canucks winger requested a meeting with Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin after the season had concluded. In that meeting, Boeser told Allvin that he would prefer to stay put in Vancouver. This is certainly in line with what Boeser said at his final media availability of the season, where he made that desire known to the media as well.
Boeser’s agent was given permission to talk to other teams to help facilitate a trade earlier in the season after a slow start to the year for Boeser. Obviously, that didn’t amount to anything, and Boeser still has two years left on his deal at $6.65 million.
LeBrun added that the Canucks are more than happy to keep Boeser in the fold if nothing comes their way that makes sense. And with news of another year of a minimal salary cap increase coming down last week, it seems unlikely any team will come calling for Boeser’s services.
Boeser benefitted from the hiring of Rick Tocchet, and the Canucks’ new bench boss has spoken positively about the winger on numerous occasions, putting an emphasis on how the things he needs to work on are achievable.
“The only thing he has to work on is his defensive game and make sure he invests in other parts of this game,” said Tocchet. “If you have a high hockey IQ, you look faster because the feet will follow. And Brock is a smart guy.”
Boeser has admitted that the off-ice struggles he’s faced over the past number of years, particularly the declining health of his father, has made it difficult to focus on the task at hand.
“I’m just trying to get back to my true self and being the hockey player I was before,” Boeser said. “And get back to that mindset of coming to the rink and getting better every day. Scoring goals and having that confidence. I really felt that I’ve lost that over the last couple of years, just dealing with stuff and I’m just trying to find that swagger. It’s important to make sure you’re good mentally.”
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