The Vancouver Canucks are running low on cap space, but they must extend RFA Brock Boeser. Could a one-year deal be the solution?
The 22-year-old Boeser is in line for a shiny raise. He scored 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games during his 2017-18 rookie season, earning a Calder Trophy nomination. Boeser tallied 26 goals and 56 points this season, once again displaying the potential to grow into a 30-40 goal man.
But right now, CapFriendly only gives the Canucks about $5.569 million in cap room. According to Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, Boeser’s camp currently “has an appetite for a four-year extension,” and they think he “warrants an annual salary-cap hit of $7 million.”
A few weeks ago, I explained here why a bridge deal is the best scenario for Boeser and the Canucks. Although he’s hit the 20-goal and 50-point marks in consecutive years, we know he’s capable of doing more — but the Canucks may not want to pay Boeser $7 million-plus annually until they see an increase in production.
Consider that and Vancouver’s iffy cap situation, and maybe a one-year deal is the best way to go for Boeser and the Canucks now. It gives the young sniper a chance to take his game to another level, which would justify that salary of $7 million.
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Plus, the Canucks should be in better position to give Boeser superstar money. CapFriendly currently projects they they’ll have around $26.3 million in cap space next year.
Not only that, but Benning will have an easier time to unload Loui Eriksson (assuming he plays here in 2019-20), and other veterans like Brandon Sutter and Sven Baertschi — whose contracts expire after the 2020-21 campaign.
This isn’t to say that the Canucks and Boeser will do a one-year deal, but it might be the way to go if they aren’t able to find ground on a multi-year contract. Boeser and his camp may not be keen on a bridge deal, but a one-year pact could be a win-win for both sides.
Because of Boeser can take his game to another level, he won’t need to wait long for a giant payday. Not only that, but the Canucks will be sitting pretty with plenty of cap space, meaning they’ll have an easier time signing Boeser to a lucrative deal.