Brock Boeser trade: Kent Hughes has a huge chance to make a big splash with the Vancouver Canucks

Published December 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM

There is one file in the NHL that is getting a lot of attention right now and that is Brock Boeser. The Vancouver Canucks have given Boeser permission to find a new destination.

"Friedman (at intermission) says Brock Boeser's representatives have been given permission to talk to other NHL teams, in an effort to complete a potential deal." - NHL Watcher

Obviously, it's very rare to find a talented young player on the trade market and this could become a great opportunity for Kent Hughes to make a deal similar to the one involving Kirby Dach.

Despite no longer being in the Canucks' plans, the number 6 continues to produce and is on pace for a 60 point season.

Why might the Montreal Canadiens be in the mix? Because Kent Hughes knows Boeser's agent well, but also because Boeser is still young and could be part of the long-term solution.

But now there would be some news in this story.

According to Sportsnet's insider Elliotte Friedman, there's a huge move to be made with Vancouver, as the team is aware that they potentially won't be able to have a big return with their 25-year-old forward, due to his contract and the fact that few teams have the cap space for his contract.

"For me, there's actually a bigger story here, because I think about it 24 hours later, and this may be the beginning of a dismantling. And what I think they're going to do is they're going to say we need to create cap space, we need to change our mix and if that means that if we trade Boeser and maybe our return wouldn't be great, we'll have at least created salary space and I think that's a possibility here.

It's not going to be an easy trade for the Canucks to make, there's not a lot of teams that have the salary space and the Canucks may have to understand that if they want to make the trade, they may not get the best return, but I think they understand that." - Elliotte Friedman

It should be specified, this is a major piece of information that was revealed by the tipster. So the Canucks would be aware that they won't get the biggest return for Boeser, and they have no problem with that, as long as they create space for themselves under the salary cap.

Let's not forget that the 6-foot-1, 210-pound winger, who was drafted in the first round in 2015, has one of the best shots in the NHL and his potential is still huge. He produced at a rate of 40 goals per 82 games in his rookie season with the Canucks, as well as having a production rate of 73 and 70 points in his first two seasons in the league.

This is a big one to watch in the coming days.

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