Rumblings that captain Bo Horvat wants out of Vancouver

The ship is sinking and the captain wants off!?

Rumblings that captain Bo Horvat wants out of Vancouver

Rumours have been swirling around Vancouver Canucks forwards J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser in recent weeks, given the team's absolutely disastrous start to the 2021-22 season.

Canucks insider Ben Kuzma of The Province newspaper reported earlier this week that Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin had been in contact with Canucks GM Jim Benning concerning forward Miller, while Boeser has been linked to his hometown Wild for years now. 

However, Miller's agent Brian Bartlett reached out to Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal to say that Miller is NOT in play on the trade market.

Ditto for Boeser's agent Ben Hankinson who maintains that his client is not currently involved in trade talks.

In fact, Boeser himself spoke up about the swirling rumors in a one on one interview with Thomas Drance of The Athletic just yesterday.

Check it out:

“I think it’s just people looking for an answer out in the social media world with the team struggling, especially now. That’s part of it.”"

“I personally don’t think I’m going to get traded,” Boeser said. “I feel like I’m part of the core here and a big piece. That’s just how I feel."

“At the end of the day, I can’t worry about that stuff. I just have to go out and perform. It’s been a tough stretch for me personally, and obviously for the team. And I set high expectations for myself to go out there and produce and help the team win. Lately, it’s been tough."

“I just have to make sure I’m competing hard and get out of this funk.”

- Brock Boeser

Another day, another bogus trade rumour in Vancouver?

Today, Dhaliwal reports that Canucks captain Bo Horvat could be on the move. Horvat's contract is up in the 2023 offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent at just 27 years old. If the Canucks elect to go forward with a rebuild, can you really blame the ultra competitive Horvat for wanting to move on?

If the Canucks were to lose Horvat it would be a devastating blow. Sure, he doesn't have the star power of guys like Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes or Thatcher Demko, but he's the team's unquestioned leader and a bull of a power forward. Losing him will have implications both on and off the ice for an already fragile group.