The Brock Boeser Saga has come to an end.
The Vancouver Canucks found common ground with one of their top forwards on Friday evening, agreeing to terms with Brock Boeser on a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $6.65 million.
Boeser, who was a pending restricted free agent prior to this deal, will now remain with the organization that drafted him through at least the 2024-25 season, bringing closure to what was gearing up to be a difficult negotiation as free agency approached.
Boeser is coming off a somewhat middling season by his standards, finishing the 2021-22 campaign with 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 71 games. After bursting onto the scene in 2017-18 as a near-point-per-game rookie who almost scored 30 goals and finished as the runner-up for the Calder Trophy, Boeser’s play has proceeded to dip in the years since, with injuries and organizational turmoil limiting his offensive potential.
Not to mention, Boeser’s qualifying offer was set at $7.5 million this offseason, meaning the Canucks would have had to pony up that hefty sum to keep him on a one-year deal or lose him to unrestricted free agency. Giving him three years of term in exchange for a smaller cap hit is a tidy piece of business, especially now that Bruce Boudreau is locked in as head coach and the Canucks franchise, on the whole, seems to be moving forward after a disastrous prior regime.
Perhaps with a full summer to train with the confidence that his team is committed to him for the next three years, Boeser can reach the offensive heights he once looked destined to not so long ago.
That remains to be seen, of course. But, for now, the Canucks are able to check what was arguably their most pressing piece of business off their offseason to-do list.