The Vancouver Canucks signed restricted free agent (RFA) forward Brock Boeser to a three-year contract with an annual salary cap hit of $6.65-million dollars per season. The deal includes a modified no trade clause in the third season.
The Canucks were facing the prospects of offering the 25-year-old winger a $7.5-million qualifying offer based on his salary from the final year of his most recent contract, but were able to negotiate off that number successfully, which was not entirely unexpected. The term of just three years may catch some by surprise, but it works out well as part of a compromise. While the price works well for the needs of the Vancouver Canucks and their salary cap situation, the player will come out of the back-end of this deal as an unrestricted free agent (UFA).
From that standpoint the deal works well for both parties, and considering what comparable players have been seeking and may be seeking in the unrestricted market, the price is reasonable.
Boeser finished this past season, one marked by minor injuries, Covid protocols, and the distraction of his ongoing concerns regarding his terminally ill father, with 23 goals and 23 assists in 71 games. He’s tallied 256 points in 324 career NHL games played.
“I do believe there is more here (for Brock),” Allvin said Friday afternoon. “Obviously going through a tough time off the ice last year. Never easy with changes in the coaches and management, plus the team was struggling last year. I’m hopeful that we can create an environment here for players to push themselves and raise the standard and we can see growth from every single one.”
Boeser’s Minnesota based agent Ben Hankinson tweeted out: “Congrats to the Canucks and Brock Boeser. Going to finally sleep well tonight.” In a followed up with: “Congrats to Brock Boeser on signing with Canucks, 3yrs @ $6.65M = $19.5M deal on Canada 🇨🇦 Day! Many many more 🚀 Goals ahead!”
It’s been a busy Canada Day for the Vancouver Canucks, who also announced the re-signing of three players and brand new changes to the coaching staffs in Vancouver and also with the Abbotsford Canucks of the American Hockey League.