On Friday night, the Vancouver Canucks took care of an important part of the offseason by re-signing with a restricted free agent. Brock Boser to a three-year, $19.95 million contract. This deal includes a salary cap of $6.65 million per season and runs until the end of the 2024–25 season.
Upon completion of this transaction, Bozer will be entitled to unlimited freedom of action.
“We’re thrilled to have worked out a new deal for Brock,” Canucks general manager Patrick Alwyn said in a team statement announcing the deal. “He is a very talented player and has been an effective scorer throughout his career. We look forward to progress in his game in the coming years. Now with a three-season contract, Brock can fully focus on playing on the ice.”
On the surface, this looks like a pretty solid deal for the Canucks.
Besser’s assists dipped slightly last season, but he remains a good scorer with a strong possession record. In a poor year, he still scored 23 goals in 71 games and has shown an ability to score at a rate of 30-35 goals throughout his career. At the start of the 2021–22 season, he scored 32 goals in 82 games in the first five years of his career. Injuries, as well as the shortened 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, were the main factors that prevented him from reaching these marks.
After all, Bozer is a very good (and high-scoring) player and an important figure for the Canucks.
Signing him for less than $7 million a season is a nice win for a Canucks team that still has salary cap issues.
It could also provoke trade speculation elsewhere on the list.
Bozer’s name was circulating in trading rumors last season, and while this contract can certainly be moved easily, it seems more likely that JT Miller can be a player on the move. Miller is ending a career year of 99 points and was a points-per-game player with the Canucks, but he’s also entering the final year of his contract and re-signing will be a challenge. considering the Canucks salary cap forecast.