Boeser is in the final year of a three-year contract. He’s due a US$7.5 million qualifying offer this summer. The only way Boeser would have been traded at the trade deadline is if the acquiring team was able to work out a contract extension with Boeser.
Patrick Johnston of The Province states if Boeser goes into the offseason without a new contract extension, to retain his rights Vancouver would either have to offer him a one-year, US$7.5 million contract or they could take him to salary arbitration, hoping to reduce that salary up to 15 per cent, to $6.375 million.
Johnston went on to say, re-signing Boeser will not be easy, if the Canucks do not qualify him this summer, he becomes a UFA. Does Boeser’s long-term performance deserve a raise over his current average salary? And if so, by how much?
The other big question is, can the Canucks afford to sign Boeser to a long-term deal? Will the Canucks look to do a sign and trade scenario in the summer? It will be an interesting summer on the Boeser trade front.
Boeser, 25, was drafted 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st round of the 2015 NHL entry draft. Currently (March 30, 2022) he has a total 248 points in 315 games played, and 11 playoffs points in 17 games played.