Report: “Tremendous amount of interest” forming in Brock Boeser trade talks
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By Mike Gould9 months ago
The Vancouver Canucks are officially in seller mode after trading team captain Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders earlier this week. And as TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday’s edition of Insider Trading, the next Canuck to go might be Brock Boeser.
Trade rumours have swirled around Boeser all season long, with the 25-year-old winger struggling at times to regain his past form while playing in the first season of his new three-year contract.
Boeser has nine goals and 30 points in 41 games with the Canucks thus far in 2022–23. He’s under contract at a $6.65 million NHL cap hit through the end of the 2024–25 season, at which point he’ll be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Here’s what Dreger had to say on Tuesday about the Canucks’ four-time 20-goal scorer:
Darren Dreger: The Canucks have let it be known, as they have for several weeks now, that every option will be considered. There’s still a tremendous amount of interest in Brock Boeser, as an example, but clubs need to know whether or not the Vancouver Canucks are willing to retain salary because he has term remaining on his deal. And I’m sure the Canucks are saying, ‘Well, that’s fine, pitch us your best offer and we’ll make a decision whether or not it can be justified after that.’ There’s no guarantee Boeser is going to move before the deadline.
The Canucks originally selected Boeser in the first round (No. 23 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Burnsville, MN product made his NHL debut with the team in 2017 after a successful stint at the University of North Dakota.
Boeser immediately established himself as a key player with the Canucks, scoring four goals in nine games with the team to close out the 2016–17 season and chipping in 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games the following year. He added 11 points in 17 contests to help the Canucks go on a solid run in the 2020 bubble playoffs.
The Canucks currently rank sixth in the Pacific Division with a 20–26–3 record through 49 games this season. In addition to Boeser, it’s worth keeping an eye on Thatcher Demko, Tyler Myers, and Luke Schenn as the trade deadline approaches on Mar. 3.
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