The Canucks are paying Loui Eriksson $6 million this season and Brock Boeser isn’t getting paid anything. That's a problem writes imacSportsnet.
As of Wednesday, the Canucks are paying Loui Eriksson $6 million for next season and Brock Boeser isn’t getting paid anything. That has to change if the team is going to ice a full squad to start the season.
Eriksson should have called Green the next day to explain himself, but didn’t. So Eriksson’s hand grenade across the Atlantic was interpreted by some as an effort to get himself traded. If so, it was spectacularly naïve because no one is interested in absorbing a $36-million-US player who has scored 32 goals in three seasons since Benning made his biggest free-agent mistake.
As of Wednesday, the Canucks are paying Eriksson $6 million for next season and
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Boeser, who leads the Canucks with 59 goals and 116 points in 140 games since making the NHL two-plus seasons ago, is practising with the University of North Dakota while waiting out a negotiations impasse as a restricted free agent.
It probably means starting the season with a 21-man roster, maybe even "papering" super-rookie Quinn Hughes to the minors for Game 1, then putting him immediately into the lineup when Antoine Roussel and his $3-million cap hit go on long-term injured reserve after opening night.
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"I’m ready to take any role," Eriksson told reporters gathered at Northview Golf Club in Surrey, B.C., where the Canucks staged their annual charity tournament. "I think they know what type of player I am. I can play really good in the defensive area and I can play up and down the lineup. I can read the game really well. It’s been like that for many years for me. All I can do is just work hard and try to help this team to win games, and play the best I can.
Eriksson can help the team. As we’ve said before, he’s an excellent penalty killer who can play a shutdown role against the opposition’s best forwards. But $6 million should buy more than that.Read more: Sportsnet
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