The Calgary Flames may have interest in Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, The Athletic‘s Rick Dhaliwal said on Monday’s edition of Donnie & Dhali – The Team on CHEK TV.
Boeser, 25, has four goals and 15 points in 19 games with the Canucks this season. He’s signed through the end of 2024–25 at a $6.65 million cap hit.
Here’s the full transcript of Dhaliwal’s comments:
Two or three weeks ago, Boeser was dropped to the third line [and] off of PP1. And what agents will do, they’ll call the GM to discuss a player’s drop in ice time. I believe those calls led to both sides agreeing to a move, mutually. This has been in the works with Boeser for a few weeks.
Now, confirmation this morning, definitely teams are interested in Boeser, no question, but this is gonna take time. The Canucks know they’re not getting much in return. Sources say the Canucks are willing to take a player back, Don, in return, preferably a player in his last year, but, I’ve heard, possibly with two years left on a deal. Boeser’s gonna be tough to move, Donnie, and you know it: four goals in 19 games, minus-13, $6.6 million a year. Someone said to me teams may want a sweetener in return. If that’s the case, it’s gonna be really tough.
The key for the Canucks is cap space next year. That’s the flexibility they’re looking for where they’re going. Boeser is still young, he’s got a history of multiple 20-goal seasons. Not sure, the thing I haven’t confirmed is if the Canucks will eat salary on years two and three of Boeser’s deal.
Now, this is one thing I do know. The Calgary Flames are looking for a goal-scorer. I heard last night Calgary may have interest in Boeser. Not confirmed, but teams poke around, Donnie, trying to find the price and see if there’s a fit. Lots of former Canucks in the Calgary dressing room who could vouch for Boeser.
Boeser has struggled to find his usual form through the first quarter of the season with the Canucks, posting by far the team’s worst five-on-five expected goals percentage (35.77). The Canucks have been outscored 22–12 with Boeser on the ice.
The Canucks originally selected Boeser in the first round (No. 23 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. He scored 23 goals and 46 points in 71 games with Vancouver in 2021–22. Through 343 career games with the Canucks, he’s amassed 125 goals and 271 points.
Boeser will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent when his current contract expires in 2025. Until then, the Flames would need to make some significant changes to fit his $6.65 million deal under the cap. Even if they were to move Milan Lucic’s contract to make it work this year, they’d have to find a way to free up room in both the 2023–24 and 2024–25 seasons.
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The Flames currently rank fifth in the Pacific Division with an 11–10–3 record through 24 games this season. They’ll take on the Arizona Coyotes at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday evening.