The Vancouver Canucks officially announced the contract extensions of RW Brock Boeser, LW Nikolai Goldobin and LW Josh Leivo.
Right winger Brock Boeser was locked up for two more years at an annual cap hit of $2.3 million per season. “Brock Boeser continues to improve each year and we felt it was important to finalize a contract to keep it from being a distraction,” GM Nate Brooks informed reporters today. “We had looked at a few different ways of structuring a deal, and in the end a so called bridge deal ended up being best for both parties. We believe Brock will continue to develop into a premier scorer in the NHL in the years ahead and look forward to locking him up long term in time,” Brooks added. The 23rd overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, Boeser has 12 goals and 15 assists through 31 games this season.
Nikolai Goldobin also inked a three year deal at $1.16 million per season. The enigmatic young Russian has teased with his skill over the past couple years, bouncing between the NHL and AHL. “We believe Goldobin has turned a corner and will be a fixture in our top six forward group,” GM Brooks commented. With 11 goals and 15 assists so far this year, Goldobin has benefited from playing with rookie Elias Pettersson. Goldobin was acquired at the 2017 trade deadline for RW Jannik Hansen.
Lastly, the Canucks also re-upped LW Josh Leivo for two more seasons in their flurry of signings. “Since coming to the Canucks, Leivo has played a solid two-way game for us and he is able to be a versatile forward throughout our lineup. Leivo will give us solid depth and allow our younger forward prospects the time they need to develop in Utica over the next couple seasons,” announced GM Brooks. Leivo signed a two year $990,000 annual deal which gave him a small bump in pay over this season.