Brock Boeser has signed a three-year extension to stay with the Vancouver Canucks. The reported salary cap hit will be $6.65 million AAV according to NHL Insider Frank Seravalli of dailyfaceoff.com.
#Canucks announce they’ve reached an extension with Brock Boeser: 3 years x $6.65 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2022
Brock Boeser Re-signed By Vancouver Canucks
Around the Canucks has been a maelstrom of speculation. One of the big questions was the contract of pending restricted free agent Brock Boeser. Now, with Boeser re-signed, things are a bit more settled.
Ever since the hiring of president Jim Rutherford, gaining cap space has been a priority. The unusual circumstances around COVID-19 led to Boeser’s deal ending on a big qualifying offer. Then Canucks GM Jim Benning cut actual cash outlay as much as possible. That led to a reasonable deal for the skilled forward – three years at $5.875 million per – but a massive base salary in year three. His $7.5 million qualifying offer this season had to at least partially come into play on his status.
What is the magnitude of Boeser’s re-signing? A highly skilled goal scorer, for one. And at the start of his NHL career, the reputation he had was all about his shot. That’s considerable, but Boeser is underrated as a passer and has improved both his net-front presence and board work.
Boeser does have an unfortunate injury history, but there is very little repeat history there. It’s not, for instance, one hip that fails on him each time. This is partially why the Canucks considered moving Boeser the highest-risk deal they could make this trade deadline.
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What This Means For The Future
One of the least expected things about the Canucks season has been the lack of scoring. Being somewhere in the mix at the bottom of the playoff spots is no surprise, but being in the bottom-third in league scoring? That’s a bit of a shock. Vancouver is retaining a top-tier scorer in this deal and will have to hope he can stay healthy going forward. Including his cap hit this reduces the team’s space to just $2.15 million. This may not bode well for keeping J.T. Miller without sufficient cap space. Or could he still be traded? Supposedly so, since it may be either him or another player that needs to go to save cap space. The trade deadline is on July 13th.
Boeser’s shooting percentage has averaged 13% over 300+ regular-season games. The 24-year-old right-winger has a murderous shot and a Corsi that’s never been below 55.5% over a season despite being on some miserable teams. Boeser’s health is going to loom large in this deal, but that’s a risk the team is obviously willing to take.
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