The Vancouver Canucks have given forward Brock Boeser permission to speak with other teams about a potential trade, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday.
Boeser, 25, has three goals and 14 points in 18 games with the Canucks this season. Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau made Boeser a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, calling it “tough love” for a player who has struggled to find his footing this season.
The Canucks signed Boeser to a three-year contract extension in July. He’s signed through the end of the 2024–25 season at a $6.65 million cap hit.
Here’s what Friedman had to say about Boeser’s situation on Saturday’s edition of “32 Thoughts” on Hockey Night in Canada:
It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night in Vancouver as the Canucks play the Arizona Coyotes and everybody’s thinking about Duke Boeser. Brock Boeser won’t play tonight in that game, the team’s not commenting and his representatives aren’t commenting but, from what we understand, Boeser’s representatives have been given permission to talk to other teams about a potential move. Boeser’s been struggling, obviously, he’s got to be better, but I think they’re coming to a realization here that maybe it’s time to explore this. So, I don’t know where it’s going to go, but I do think Boeser’s representatives have permission to talk to other teams, although, at this point in time, the team and the agents have not confirmed.
— Lachlan Irvine (@LachInTheCrease) December 4, 2022
The Canucks originally selected Boeser in the first round (No. 23 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The 6’1″, 208-pound winger made his NHL debut with the Canucks in 2016–17 and emerged as a regular the following year, scoring 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games.
In 342 career games with the Canucks over parts of seven regular seasons, Boeser has scored 124 goals and 270 points. He added four goals and 11 points in 17 games with the Canucks during the 2020 bubble playoffs.