Despite heading into the final season of his three year entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks, sniper Brock Boeser is in no rush to negotiate a new contract, this according to his agent Ben Hankinson.
The 21 year old Boeser burst onto the scene in 2017-18, earning himself a Calder Trophy nomination as the NHL’s top rookie after scoring 29 goals and 55 points in just 62 games. If you’re wondering why Boeser’s contract is set to expire a year early, it’s because the Canucks “burned” a year of his deal by playing him in nine games to close out the 2016-17 season. In total the former 23rd overall selection from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has 33 career goals and 60 career points in 71 career games. Not bad. Not bad at all.
With those kind of numbers and with the Canucks facing a significant drop off in offensive production with the retirement of both Henrik and Daniel Sedin this offseason, you might expect that the team would be keen to lock up their prized goal scorer to a long term deal. Yet, here we are with the offseason half over and Boeser still hasn’t put pen to paper on a new contract. Of course, there’s no need to panic as Boeser is still signed for 2018-19, but again you’d think that the team would want to lock him up long-term. Why wait?
Perhaps the departure of president Trevor Linden and the alleged conflict between him and owner Francesco Aquilini is stalling discussions? There certainly seems to be some dimension in the ranks with the Canucks and we wouldn’t blame Boeser if that were affecting his decision. In fact, Hankinson spoke directly to this, saying that Boeser and the team’s ownership and management group have a “good relationship.”
“I’d say, without putting a deadline on it, we’d like to get going once the season rolls and just play hockey,” Hankinson said on Sportsnet 650 radio in Vancouver. “But there’s no deadline on it. Canucks GM Jim Benning’s a very level-headed guy and we have a really good relationship. So I’m not gonna say we won’t talk during the season if we don’t get something done, but who knows, it’s too early to say.”
Whenever Boeser negotiates his new deal, one thing is for certain: The kid is going to get PAID. Look no further than the Calgary Flames and winger Johnny Gaudreau as a comparable. The Canucks would surely jump at the chance to lock up Boeser to a deal like Gaudreau’s which comes with a $6.7 million cap hit for six seasons.