The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Brock Boeser to a three-year deal worth an average annual value of $5.875 million, the team announced Monday.
Locking up the restricted free agent was clearly a top priority for the Canucks, who began pre-season play Monday night against the Calgary Flames.
Boeser was not present in training camp, which began over the weekend in Victoria. Negotiations were ongoing and you have to imagine the Mitch Marner deal out of Toronto got the balling rolling to finalizing the contract.
“We’ve been working on this for the last three to four months,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “We found we had a lot more in common doing a short term deal.”
Indeed, it is the term that jumps right out at you with regard to this deal. This basically gives Boeser the opportunity to prove himself over the next three years, which should carry a much larger return the next time out. And interestingly, the final year of the contract has a much larger base salary than the first two: a reported $7.5 million.
That’s a big leap from the $700,000 base salary he’s set to earn this season, but that final season’s payout is intended as a tone-setter.
The 22-year-old is on his way to join the team and should be in Vancouver by Tuesday. The Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers in pre-season play Tuesday, but it’s not known if he’ll be in the lineup.
Boeser was the third-leading scorer on the team last season, finishing 2018-2019 with 56 points in 69 games. Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat led the Canucks overall.
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