September 16, 2019
by Alex Hoegler, TheCanuckWay.com
The Vancouver Canucks signed Brock Boeser to a three-year deal on Monday evening. Here’s what it means for both sides.
Boeser’s signing comes after other notable RFAs like Mitch Marner, Travis Konecnyand Charlie McAvoy inked new deals with their respective teams. And with preseason under way, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Canucks.
The 22-year-old Boeser scored 26 goals and 56 points in 69 games for the Canucks last season. The year before, he earned a Calder Trophy nomination after tallying 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games.
General manager Jim Benning had a busy offseason, acquiring J.T. Miller via trade before signing Micheal Ferland, Tyler Myers, Jordie Benn and Oscar Fantenberg. With Boeser now signed, Benning has completed all of his major offseason tasks.
Boeser figures to play on the top line with reigning Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson and one of Miller or Ferland. As CapFriendly pointed out, Boeser will be eligible for arbitration when the three-year deal expires.
What it means
This is a win-win for both sides, as Boeser gets a bridge deal and sets himself up nicely for a more lucrative long-term deal down the road. Some RFAs have agreed to short term deals because the upcoming U.S. television contract with the NHL will allow players to earn more money.
If Boeser turns into a consistent 30-goal and 70-plus point forward, he could find himself earning around $10 million per season in his next deal. Had he signed a long-term deal now, Boeser would have risked being paid below market value just as player revenue is about to increase (see David Pastrnak, one of the most criminally underpaid players in the NHL).
The Canucks are right up against the cap now, though Antoine Roussel is about to go on the long-term IR. Still, Benning will need to demote and/or trade a couple of forwards to clear cap room for this season.
Loui Eriksson and Tim Schaller are the prime candidates to be demoted, though the Canucks could also try to trade Brandon Sutter. At either rate, Benning has to make a couple of tough roster decisions soon.
But for now, the main story in Vancouver is that the Canucks have finally reached a new deal with one of their stars, and they’re locked and loaded to make a run at the playoffs.