The trade rumor mill remains abuzz over last weekend’s report that the Vancouver Canucks are allowing Brock Boeser’s agent to speak with other teams about a trade. While a deal doesn’t appear imminent, there’s plenty of media chatter about potential destinations for the 25-year-old winger.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported Boeser’s agent, Ben Hankinson, had spoken to a half-dozen clubs by Tuesday and would continue talking to others. He thinks it will take a lot of work between now and the March 3 trade deadline to move him.
Boeser’s $6.65-million cap hit through 2024-25 is a big sticking point. LeBrun said the teams he’s spoken with that have an interest in the winger lack sufficient cap space to acquire him.
The Athletic’s Harman Dayal suggested that clubs could see Boeser as an oft-injured, one-dimensional player whose even-strength production doesn’t justify his expensive cap hit. Nevertheless, he thinks the winger’s youth, overall production and the Canucks’ potentially affordable asking price could make him attractive for teams seeking scoring depth.
The Toronto Star‘s Nick Kypreos noted the Calgary Flames are in the market for a top-six forward while Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman wondered if the Washington Capitals would offer up Anthony Mantha for Boeser. Daily Faceoff’s Matt Larkin proposed the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins as possible suitors.
The Canucks hope to free up some cap space by moving Boeser. They appear unwilling to retain salary or
include a draft pick or prospect to sweeten the deal. However, they could take an expiring contract
depending on what else is included in the return.
- Are the Vancouver Canucks Closer to Trading Brock Boeser?
- Check all news and articles from the latest NHL updates.