Canucks exploring Brock Boeser trade and he could be a perfect fit for the Rangers

The Vancouver Canucks are believed to be seeking some cap wiggle room, and may look to trade rightwing, Brock Boeser. This is coming from Matt Sekeres of TSN 1040 in Vancouver and it has many people scratching their heads.

Why trade Brock Boeser?

The NHL announced the ratification of the new CBA and Return to Play plan just this past Friday. Since then, two big names have turned up in hockey’s rumor mill.

Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and now Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks are being discussed in trade rumors. I mean neither team has even opened training camp yet but here we are. You have to love hockey.

So why explore trading Boeser, who is just 23 years-old and has shown tremendous chemistry on the Canucks top six? There are surely other ways to create cap space, but moving Boeser could help Vancouver financially and improve weaker areas of the team. The Canucks are said to be looking for a top four defenseman which are never easy to find or cheap to obtain.

Brock Boeser and the Vancouver Canucks finances

The Canucks were hard hit by the NHL pause, and coupled with a weak Canadian dollar had to cut operating costs. They will also have to pay Boeser a $3.5 million signing bonus along with his base salary of $3.125 million next season and $7.5 million in the third and final year of his deal. This was a back loaded contract that he inked back in September of 2019.

Boeser was only paid $4 million this season with a $700,000 base and a $3.3 million signing bonus. So this idea of trading him appears to have some financial aspects to it that aren’t simply cap related. Boeser’s cap hit is just $5.875M AAV which many teams will be able to fit without too much difficulty.

Brock Boeser, a perfect fit for the Rangers?

Boeser would look good on the Rangers (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

At 6’1″ and 210 lbs, Boeser isn’t a big point getter but goes to tough places to score goals. He already has 75 goals in 197 games in his young career, including a career high 29 tallies in 2017-18 at just 20 years of age.

The Blueshirts are often criticized for being too much of an East/West team. They don’t have many North/South players like leftwing, Chris Kreider to compliment and balance the lines. Boeser is just that type of goal scorer on the right side the Rangers need.

Now imagine Brock Boeser on a line with Artemiy Panarin and Ryan Strome. No offense to Jesper Fast who helps defensively with that line, but he doesn’t have the scoring ability of Boeser in front of the net. Boeser addition could give the Rangers two incredible lines for the next campaign set to start on December 1.

What would a Rangers trade for Boeser look like?

The Rangers trading for Boeser means the end of Tony DeAngelo in NY. That’s because the Rangers are very loaded on the right side defense with Nils Lundkvist pencilled in for a spot in the 2021-22 season.

Financially, DeAngelo who is a restricted free agent this off-season is going to command a cap hit similar to Boeser. Still this about more than money for the Rangers, and they are overloaded on rightwing too.

What does Jeff Gorton do with Pavel Buchnevich is my first thought. We all know Kaapo Kakko will eventually claim the #1 RW spot in this lineup. Or what about Vitali Kravtsov? Could he make the move to LW? These any many questions needed to be answered.

Bottom line, if Brock Boeser is really available the Rangers should at least kick the tires and find out the cost. If it is too high, then there is no need for Gorton to rack his brain about anything else.

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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