It seems for many Vancouver Canucks fans out there that now is the right time to make a statement to your best player - rookie forward Brock Boeser. However, it does not seem like general manager Jim Benning feels the same way.
Boeser has indeed another year left on his current contract, but he’s now eligible to sign a contract extension. Talks could pick up this offseason, and it is what fans want to hear, however, Benning does not seem to agree with that strategy as he revealed some information on his approach in an interview with Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
It seems that instead the Canucks could be about to make a major faux-pas with their best player.
“I talked to his agent (Ben Hankinson) this past week and we’ll have more time in the next couple of weeks to talk about it (extension) internally and then hear from their side,” Canucks GM Benning said Wednesday. “If we’re going to do something, we’d do it then.”
Kuzma pushed some more, wondering if fans could expect some deal to be signed on the dotted line before the start of training camp in September. The GM's answer is not expected to please the fan base either...
“I don’t know that,” added Benning. “It’s too premature to try to guess what direction it’s going to go. We’ll see where they’re at and where we’re at and see if something works.”
Boeser, a Calder Trophy finalist, is meant to be your best player and the face of the franchise for years to come, especially now that Henrik and Daniel Sedin have hung up the skates. Boeser’s outstanding 29-goal, 55-point rookie season in 62 games — including a 16.2 shooting percentage - is only going to get better and an extension on a deal would only boost the 21-year-old even more. He has not only fully recovered from a back injury and troublesome wrist, but he is expected to be fully ready when October rolls around.
Don't you want him even more fired up?
Boeser's teammate, Bo Horvat, signed his six-year, $33-million extension on Sept. 8 after a 52-point season. We all know Boeser would have hit the 70-point plateau if he had been healthy all year long.
So, Canucks management, what are you waiting for?!