Speaking to Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver, Ben Hankinson, Boeser’s agent, says the two sides have a “good relationship” and are taking their time with negotiations.
“I’d say, without putting a deadline on it, we’d like to get going once the season rolls and just play hockey,” Hankinson said. “But there’s no deadline on it. [Canucks GM] Jim [Benning’s] a very level-headed guy and we have a really good relationship. So I’m not gonna say we won’t talk during the season if we don’t get something done, but who knows, it’s too early to say.”
Boeser is entering the final year of his entry-level contract and is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, 2019.
The 21-year-old will only make $925,000 (before bonuses) this coming season, but should be in line for a very hefty raise after a standout rookie season that saw him score 55 points and 29 goals on his way to his Calder Trophy finalist selection.