After it was reported that the Vancouver Canucks allowed right winger Brock Boeser’s representatives to talk to other teams about a possible trade, rumours have emerged around the National Hockey League.
And one hits closer to home as the Calgary Flames are reportedly in the mix to acquire Boeser’s services, according to Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal.
“This is one thing I do know. The Calgary Flames are looking for a goal scorer,” said Dhaliwal. “I heard last night Calgary may have interest in Boeser, not confirmed, but teams poke around… trying to find the price and see if there’s a fit. Lots of former Canucks in the Calgary dressing room who could vouch for Boeser.”
It’s been said that Calgary is seeking a goal-scorer and Boeser does fit that description. Sure, this season he’s only put four goals in 20 games but Boeser scored at a 30+ goal pace during his first two full NHL seasons.
Dhaliwal pointed out former teammates of Boeser now in the Flames’ dressing room who could push to get him in a trade. Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, and Tyler Toffoli are all former teammates of Boeser and know what he is capable of.
There is however the cap space issue in Calgary as the Flames have $1.26 million in projected cap space, per Cap Friendly. 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.
There is a sense that the Flames could part with Milan Lucic for Boeser - unless the enforcer did not put Vancouver on list of 10 teams he’s willing to be traded to, seeing that Lucic holds a modified no-trade clause. However he is a Vancouver native and could look to end his career back home.
A lot of things make sense here, now let’s see if the Flames can make the trade happen.