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Earlier this month, Vancouver Canucks right winger Brock Boeser’s representatives received permission to talk to other teams about a possible trade. Many trade chips from Vancouver have been mentioned in trade chatter, however, an unexpected outcome is being reported in the speculations surrounding Boeser.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Canucks are fine with not getting much of a trade return for Boeser.
“It’s not going to be an easy trade for the Canucks to make, there’s not a lot of teams that have the cap room and the Canucks may have to understand that if they want to make the move they might not get the best return but I think they do understand that.”
Boeser has been going through a lot, and it is true that a change of scenery could be the best solution - not only for the forward himself, but for the Canucks as well. The poor guy has struggled this season, posting just four goals in 20 games so far.
Vancouver is also looking to free up some salary cap space.
“And what I think they’re going to do is they’re going to say we have to create cap room, we have to change our mix and if that means if we trade Boeser and maybe our return isn’t great we still at least create the cap room and I think that’s a possibility here,” Friedman explained.
Boeser is in the first season of a three-year contract with an annual salary of $6.65 million and lacks no-trade protection until July 1, 2024.
Pierre LeBrun offered the latest update on the situation during Tuesday night’s Insider Trading on TSN:
“There is one team I believe that is pretty serious about getting involved if the Canucks [are] willing to eat part of Boeser’s contract. But at this stage of the process, I don’t think Vancouver wants to do that. Clearing some serious cap space has to be a very important part of any trade involving Boeser from the Canucks’ perspective.
"So [Boeser’s] agent Ben Hankinson continues to talk to teams [and] he’s talked to more than half a dozen teams since last week. I don’t think this thing is imminent and I think it’s going to take a lot of work between now and the March 3 NHL trade deadline.”
This will be one speculation to keep a close eye on, especially if the Canucks are indeed okay with getting an insignificant return for a player like Boeser, Vancouver’s first round pick in 2015.