After signing forward Micheal Ferland to a four-year deal on Wednesday, the Vancouver Canucks feel more cap-strapped now, which means it will have consequences on moves they still need to get done before the start of the season.
Jared Clinton of The Hockey News believes the Canucks will need to get creative to get restricted free agent forward Brock Boeser and Nikolay Goldobin under contract this summer. He wonders if the team will need to beg Boeser to agree to “an extraordinarily team-friendly bridge deal,” or they will have no choice but to clear sufficient cap room for his new contract.
It seems unfair to ask such a sacrifice of Boeser, he who deserves more than a bridge deal. The kid has captured the heart of all Canucks fans and has become the face of the franchise ever since the Sedin brothers hung up the skates.
Boeser finished the 2018-19 season with 26 goals and 30 assists in 69 games - that means he had .81 points per game and .38 goals per game!
You have to give the kid what he deserves seeing that he will surely go to trend up from here.
However, the Canucks will need to shed salary, and Clinton believes they should focus on moving Brandon Sutter, Loui Eriksson, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, or Tanner Pearson.
Just get something done so Boeser can sign long-term in Vancouver!