Last night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman dropped the bombshell news that Brock Boeser’s agent Ben Hankinson had been given permission by the Vancouver Canucks to help facilitate a trade.
The original message seems to have gotten a bit lost in translation, as fans began to speculate about what the report from Friedman really means.
One thing that has certainly made the rounds in various online circles over the past 24 hours is that Boeser must have asked for a trade out of Vancouver if his agent is involved.
Perhaps this stems from the recent situation with goaltender Michael DiPietro, who requested a trade out of Vancouver before his agent was given permission to help find a trade solution. But that’s not the case here, according to Rick Dhaliwal and Thomas Drance of The Athletic.
According to Drance and Dhaliwal, a team official confirmed that Boeser hasn’t requested a trade out of Vancouver. They also added this regarding Friedman’s Saturday night report:
“…this isn’t a situation where there’s ill feeling. Rather, the team and Boeser’s camp have, over the course of discussions about Boeser’s role and his Canucks future — conversations which date back to the club’s negotiations on Boeser’s current three-year deal this past offseason — mutually agreed to see if there’s a fit for the player elsewhere.
This is why Hankinson has become involved in trade talks, to help spread the word and see if there’s a fit somewhere. Boeser’s representative has been in regular communication with Allvin of late, trying to figure out where the team is going and where his client fits in, in an effort to help both sides.”
-Thomas Drance and Rick Dhaliwal
Boeser signed a three-year contract with the Canucks this past offseason. The deal carries an annual average value of $6.65 million. After struggling with injuries early on this season, Boeser has fallen out of the top six, and was set to be a healthy scratch last night vs. Arizona before a last-minute injury kept Dakota Joshua out of the lineup.
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Boeser scored his fourth goal of the season last night, and currently sits at 15 points through 19 games.