Vancouver Canucks: 3 New Year’s resolutions for 2019

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1. Pay Brock Boeser what he’s worth

The Canucks will be playing with fire if Brock Boeser remains unsigned when free agency begins on July 1. Some pundits already think there could be a handful of offer sheets for restricted free agents this offseason.

Vancouver does not want to take that chance with Boeser. What if a team with plenty of cap space decides to give him a huge offer? One that might be well over Vancouver’s comfort zone? You don’t want to play such games.

Boeser was smart to bet on himself, because he’s performing like an All-Star once again and will easily land at least $6.5 million, likely more. The Canucks cannot be cheap when it comes to contract negotiations.

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Love him or hate him, credit general manager Jim Benning for his handling of contract extensions. He got Bo Horvat and Chris Tanev to sign very team-friendly deal. The Canucks are looking good in terms of cap space, so they shouldn’t worry about being too generous to Boeser.

In an ideal world, the Canucks sign Boeser long-term without any problems. They need to get this deal done before he hits restricted free agency. Get your All-Star forward signed. Don’t risk having to match a lucrative offer sheet.

It’s as simple as that.