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Canucks Daily: GM – Horvat Deal a ‘Maybe’, NHL French Lessons

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Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat.

Sportsnet chatted with Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin and one sentence stood-out in the update conversation that recapped much of what’s been talked about over recent months. It involved whether or not a contract extension for team captain Bo Horvat could get done before the club’s regular season starts on October 12th.

“Deals like this take time,” GM Allvin told Iain MacIntyre. “Am I optimistic it’s going to happen before the season? Maybe. We’re still communicating, so we’ll see.”

Dialogue has been ongoing between the club and Horvat’s agent Pat Morris.

VHN has spelled out why it will happen before the season, but now it’s starting to look like one joke reference to timing could actually unfold. Allvin signed Brock Boeser to a new contract on Canada Day, J.T. Miller to his extension on the Friday of Labour Day weekend, which means it’s entirely possible Allvin could announce a Horvat deal on October 7th, the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend. That’s five days before the Canucks start the regular season.

Horvat still has 2022-’23 remaining on the six-year deal that’s paid him $5.5-million per season, but most folks around the club agree getting a deal done in advance of play starting would relieve potential distractions.

Quick Skate

San Jose Hockey Now: As we reported a few days ago, 43-year-old Joe Thornton has been hanging around his former home rink in San Jose with a number of theories abounding. Is the veteran centre who spent 15 seasons with the Sharks before moving on to Toronto and Florida looking for a management gig, looking to help the AHL club with player development, or just saying hello before jetting off to Europe? Well, now he’s skating again with the San Jose Sharks. Curtain call or ceremonial one-day retirement contract?

TSN explains the importance of the Montreal Canadiens captain being able to speak French, or Quebecois in this case. It’s why London, Ontario native Nick Suzuki has been going through a crash course on learning the language this summer. It’s a big, big deal in Montreal especially since the kid is probably going to be around for awhile.

Speaking of captains, we circle back around to Sportsnet where Sidney Crosby opened up to the boys on the “32 Thoughts” podcast about longevity and why it helps having friends around, too.

Have a delightful Sunday!

VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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“it’s entirely possible Allvin could announce a Horvat deal on October 7th, the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend”.
It is also possible that at the end of camp, Horvat says he is shutting down talks until the end of the season. What does Allvin do then especially if they are a playoff team or close? Trade? Try to sign him under pressure of free agency? Let him go for nothing when teams line up with real offers? Allvin may thing he is just being tough in negotiations, but he may be spending all his good will.

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