Bo Horvat, the Vancouver Canucks’ leading scorer from the 2016-17 season remains un-signed deep into the offseason. What gives? The 22-year old center broke out big time in his third NHL season putting up a career high 20 goals and 52 points last season and looks poised to shatter those totals moving forward. There’s just one problem, he doesn’t have a contract.
Horvat is an intriguing talent and because of his RFA status, he could be signed to an offer sheet at any moment from a rival team. But, don’t count on that happening according to a report from TSN 1040’s Don Taylor:
Interesting. While Taylor stops short of offering up any details regarding term and dollars, just the notion of Horvat re-upping with the Canucks has to come as a relief to the team’s long-suffering fanbase. With the Canucks in the middle of a full-fledged rebuild, it’s players like Horvat who will form the foundation of the team’s next generation, so locking him up in short order should be a top priority for GM Jim Benning and president Trevor Linden.