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The Vancouver Canucks and winger Brock Boeser agreed to a three-year extension worth $6.65 million per season, the team announced Friday.

“We’re very happy to have worked out a new deal for Brock,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said. “He is a very talented player and has been an effective goal-scorer throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing his game progress in the years to come.”

Boeser was set to become a restricted free agent after playing out the final season of a three-year contract that carried a $5.875-million cap hit.

His new deal includes a 10-team no-trade list in 2024-25, according to CapFriendly. The 25-year-old can reach unrestricted free agency at the end of that season.

Boeser put up 23 goals and 23 assists in 71 games this season. He matched his goal total from the shortened 2020-21 campaign in 15 fewer games, but he potted three fewer points in 2021-22.

The Minnesota product saw an uptick in production after Bruce Boudreau replaced Travis Green behind the bench in December.

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His 19 goals in 49 contests under Boudreau translates to a 32-goal pace over an 82-game season, which would be a career high. The closest he’s come to cracking the 30-goal plateau was in 2017-18 when he lit the lamp 29 times.

Drafted 23rd overall by the Canucks in 2015, Boeser was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2018. He has 121 goals and 135 assists in 324 career contests.

Vancouver Canucks forwards J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser are generating trade interest, and it appears the club is exploring its options.

“It seems like it’s open season for the Vancouver Canucks,” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Tuesday. “It’s not a fire sale, so don’t misunderstand that, but we’re talking about J.T. Miller, and we’re talking about Brock Boeser.”

Dreger added that “there is strong market interest” in both players and that the Canucks are “interested in listening.”

Vancouver isn’t just seeking future assets in return if they trade Miller or Boeser, either.

“The Canucks aren’t just in the market for draft picks,” Dreger said. “They need good, young players – NHL players – in return.”

Miller is entering the final year of his contract with a $5.25-million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent. The 29-year-old is coming off a career-best 99-point campaign.

The Canucks were rumored to be shopping Miller ahead of the 2022 trade deadline, but they ultimately kept the versatile forward. He’s excelled playing both center and wing in recent years.

Boeser, a winger, is a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer of $7.5 million. The 25-year-old sniper recorded 23 goals and 23 assists while playing a career-high 71 games last season. He’s averaged 30 goals and 35 assists per 82 games throughout his six-year career.

Vancouver projects to have $9.7 million in cap space this offseason, according to CapFriendly. They’re deep up front – especially with the recent addition of KHL star Andrei Kuzmenko – but they could use some help on defense.

Captain Bo Horvat, a 2023 UFA, and slick Swede Elias Pettersson, a 2024 RFA, are due for raises in the coming years. It may be difficult to keep all four of Miller, Boeser, Horvat, and Pettersson under the hard salary cap moving forward.

The Vancouver Canucks landed coveted free-agent forward Andrei Kuzmenko.

His agent, Dan Milstein, confirmed the news, adding that the contract details will be worked out soon. Kuzmenko, 26, can only sign a one-year, entry-level deal at a maximum of $925,000 because of his age.

He can’t officially put pen to paper until the free-agent signing period begins July 13, per TSN’s Pierre Lebrun.

Kuzmenko reportedly also interviewed with the Edmonton Oilers and two American teams. The Canucks held the edge thanks in part to head coach Bruce Boudreau making the effort to meet and speak with him, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Milstein added that Kuzmenko had a strong connection with general manager Patrik Allvin, per CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal.

Kuzmenko enjoyed a breakout season with the KHL’s SKA Saint Petersburg in 2021-22. The winger finished second in the league’s points race with 20 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Kuzmenko continued to impress in the playoffs, recording seven goals and seven assists in 16 contests.

He played the last four seasons with SKA Saint Petersburg after spending his first four campaigns with CSKA Moscow. He captured a silver medal with Russia at the world juniors in 2016.

The Vancouver Canucks aren’t planning to let forward Brock Boeser walk away as an unrestricted free agent this summer, president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford told Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre.

Boeser is a pending restricted free agent. The Canucks must tender a one-year, $7.5-million qualifying offer to retain his rights, per CapFriendly. The 25-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent on July 13 if Vancouver doesn’t extend a qualifying offer to him, something Rutherford said won’t happen.

“No, we’re not going to let him walk,” Rutherford said. “We recognize he’s a good player. We can figure out a way to fit him in next season with him taking his qualifying offer. Everything gets tricky and difficult, but we can figure it out.”

The executive added that the team would prefer to sit with Boeser and his agent to work out a longer-term deal.

If Boeser rejects the qualifying offer, he’ll remain a restricted free agent, and the Canucks will retain his negotiating rights.

Boeser put up 23 goals and 23 assists in 71 games in 2021-22 while seeing a slight dip in ice time. However, he saw an uptick in production after Bruce Boudreau replaced Travis Green behind the bench on Dec. 5.

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Rutherford said the two sides hadn’t discussed a new contract recently as Boeser’s father died late last month after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.

Boeser just wrapped up the final season of a three-year deal with an average annual value of $5.875 million.

The deadline for qualifying offers is July 11. The offers aren’t open for acceptance prior to July 13.

A pair of Pacific Division teams from north of the border are among the suitors hoping to land free-agent forward Andrei Kuzmenko.

The 26-year-old is interviewing with the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers this week, as well as two teams based in the United States, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Kuzmenko hopes to decide on his NHL destination within the next 10 days, adds Dreger.

The Russian winger apparently met with the Canucks in early May.

Kuzmenko can only sign a one-year, entry-level contract at a maximum of $925,000 due to his age.

He ranked second in the KHL points race this season with 53 in 45 games. Kuzmenko played the last four seasons with SKA Saint Petersburg after suiting up for his first four with CSKA Moscow.

Bruce, there it is.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau will return behind the bench for the Vancouver Canucks next season, the team announced Friday.

After taking over in December for former head coach Travis Green, Boudreau won the first seven games of his Vancouver tenure. The Canucks, who started 8-15-2, finished the season 32-15-10 under Boudreau’s direction, narrowly missing the playoffs.

The 67-year-old also won over the Vancouver crowd, which regularly serenaded him with chants of “Bruce, there it is.”

“My desire has always been to come back to coach this team,” Boudreau said. “I love the organization, city, fans, and the players. I’m also grateful for the opportunity provided to me by Jim (Rutherford) and Patrik (Allvin) to continue building what we started.”

Rutherford, the Canucks’ president of hockey operations, said earlier this month that he wasn’t ready to commit to Boudreau beyond this upcoming season.

“I just feel that, as good a job as he’s done, it wasn’t a full season,” Rutherford said. “I feel that giving him a chance to take the team from training camp all the way through next season – I guess we could get to a point where, partway through the season, we may decide to talk about (an extension).”

Boudreau is one win shy of 600 victories. He’ll now have the chance next season to become the 22nd coach in league history to reach the milestone.

Bruce, there it isn’t?

The Vancouver Canucks aren’t currently willing to commit to head coach Bruce Boudreau beyond next season, president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford said Tuesday.

“We would be willing to have him back under the contract that he agreed to when he came here,” Rutherford told reporters during his year-end availability. “And that’s certainly not to say at the end of next year we wouldn’t want him back.”

Rutherford added that there’s a possibility the organization would be ready to talk about an extension for Boudreau partway through next season.

“I just feel that, as good a job as he’s done, it wasn’t a full season,” Rutherford said. “I feel that giving him a chance to take the team from training camp all the way through next season – I guess we could get to a point where, partway through the season, we may decide to talk about that.”

Boudreau signed a two-year deal with the club when he was hired in December 2021, but his contract reportedly contains multiple options for next season.

“In our agreement, both sides have until June 1, so he can take whatever time he wants,” Rutherford said.

He added: “Our talks with him have been very positive. He’s well aware we appreciate and respect the job he’s done. (We) explained to him why we’re doing it the way we’re doing it and why we want him back.”

The Canucks went 32-15-10 under Boudreau. They came within five points of making the playoffs after an 8-15-2 start under previous head coach Travis Green. Boudreau became a fan favorite, as home crowds regularly chanted “Bruce, there it is” after a big goal.

Rutherford further explained his rationale for not extending Boudreau.

“In our business, you have to be cautious with your decisions, and you have to do them for the right reasons,” the veteran executive said. “If you don’t, you’re gonna get yourself in a position someday where you’re paying three (or) four coaches in the same year.”

While Boudreau has nearly a month to mull over his future, he said he told management that he wants to return next year.

“We’re just talking right now. Hopefully, things get done,” Boudreau told reporters Tuesday. “I think they want me back, and I know I want to be back. So, I think it should work out.”

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat will miss at least the next two weeks, the team announced Friday.

Horvat will be re-evaluated at the end of the month for the lower-body injury he suffered vs. the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. He took a slap shot off his leg and did not return.

Nils Hoglander will also be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle/groin injury. There’s no timeline for his return.

The Canucks’ regular season is set to end on April 29 with seven games remaining on their schedule. The club is clinging to playoff hopes, sitting in fifth place in the Pacific Division.

Horvat has 31 goals and 21 assists in 70 games this season.

Hoglander has 10 goals and eight assists in 60 games this year. He’s been out of the lineup since March 15.

With the Vancouver Canucks in the middle of a dogfight for a spot in the postseason, their current four-game win streak couldn’t have come at a better time.

Star forward Elias Pettersson has his eyes on something bigger, though.

“We feel good now, we’re four in a row, but it doesn’t mean shit … if we don’t continue on this wave and playing good hockey,” he said after Vancouver’s 5-4 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. “We’re still behind, we still gotta win games. Just thinking of the next one.”

The victory pulled the Canucks to three points behind the Golden Knights in the standings and six back of the Dallas Stars, who hold the Western Conference’s final wild-card spot.

Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, who scored the overtime winner by outwaiting Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner, said the “belief” is there among his teammates.

“We got eight games left, see if we can take it one day at a time. But it’s exciting, we wanted to be in (the playoff race),” Hughes said. “It’s hard to be in it with the way we started.”

He added: “There’s been no quit in the group the whole year.”

The Canucks have been a different team with head coach Bruce Boudreau at the helm. Vancouver went 8-15-2 to start the season under Travis Green, but it’s 28-13-8 since making a coaching change in December, ranking eighth in the league in points percentage in that span.

Despite the do-or-die nature of the Canucks’ remaining regular-season games, Boudreau wants his players to appreciate the process.

“I hope they’re enjoying it,” Boudreau said. “I’m having fun after the game. … Winning is fun. I think they’re enjoying not only the challenge but the chase and the fact that we’re still pushing, we’re still in it.”

He continued: “We’ll just keep pushing until there’s no more room to push; see what happens.”

The Canucks’ next contest comes Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser is out with an upper-body injury, the team announced Tuesday. No timeline was given for his recovery.

Boeser’s arm appeared to bend abnormally during Sunday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights when he collided with teammate Elias Pettersson, who was trying to lay a hit on Ben Hutton.

The Brock Boeser injury – arm seems to bend the wrong way pic.twitter.com/mIaZFgNYhs— Dobber (@DobberHockey) April 4, 2022

Boeser left the ice immediately but returned later in the game.

The 25-year-old recorded 19 goals and 19 assists in 64 games this season. He’s set to be a restricted free agent at season’s end with a qualifying offer of $7.5 million.