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Report: Brock Boeser’s agent has talked to Wild and Devils about trade with the Canucks
1 year ago
A few months ago, reports surfaced that Brock Boeser’s agent Ben Hankinson was granted permission by the Canucks to help facilitate a trade for his client. The Canucks never publicly confirmed those rumours, but never denied their validity, either.
And on Tuesday, Ben Kuzma of The Province reported that Boeser’s agent confirmed that he has talked to the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild, who Kuzma added “make the most sense” as a trade destination for the Canucks winger.
“Boeser’s name has been linked to many trade destinations, but the Devils and Wild make the most sense. His agent, Ben Hankinson, told Postmedia on Monday he continues to help the Canucks hockey operations department find a destination and that he has talked to New Jersey and Minnesota.”
The Canucks signed Boeser to a three-year contract with an annual average value of $6.65 million this past offseason. Many believe the Canucks would need to either retain salary on Boeser’s contract or take a contract back in a trade, and it’s hard to envision any solution involving Boeser that doesn’t involve one of those two things.
The Canucks have a glut of wingers on their roster and even the majority of their top-end prospects are wingers. It’s not hard to believe that they’d like to offload at least one, maybe more. And at this point in his Canucks career, Boeser certainly makes sense as a candidate in need of a fresh start.
To no fault of his own, Boeser just hasn’t been able to stay healthy ever since he suffered a season-ending back injury in his rookie campaign. In the years since, Boeser has gone through multiple stints on the injured reserve due to wrist and hand injuries, and unfortunately, just hasn’t been able to produce with any level of consistency since.
His per game point totals are certainly still respectable, and at the age of 25, it shouldn’t be too hard for the Canucks to work out a deal with a potential suitor.
The Canucks drafted Boeser 23rd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Through 366 games with the Canucks, Boeser has 130 goals and 156 assists to his name.
You can read the full report from Kuzma over at The Province by clicking here.
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