Leading up to the announcement there was debate on whether or not the Canucks would give Bo Horvat a big pay day.
The six-year, $33 million deal is a hefty one, but Horvat arguably has the talent to live up to the $5.5 million AAV. "His commitment and work ethic have helped his game improve each season". In two of his three years at the National Hockey League level, Horvat missed just one regular-season game.
In his third season in the National Hockey League, the former home grown London Knight became a focal point of a stuttering Canucks offense. As a rookie in 2014-15, Horvat appeared in 68 regular-season games for the Canucks en route to producing 25 points in all, thanks to 13 goals and 12 assists.
Horvat established career highs in goals (20), assists (32), points (52), shorthanded goals (2), and shots (158) last season. After starting his career as a fourth liner Horvat has slowly moved his way through the lineup, ending last season on the second line along with the likes of Brock Boeser, Sven Baertschi and Reid Boucher. "He's already a leader on our team and a young player fans can be excited to watch for years to come".
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The Vancouver Canucks will be signing restricted free agent forward Bo Horvat to a new longterm contract, according to a Friday morning report from TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
The Canucks finished 29th in the NHL's overall standings in 2016-17 with a franchise-low 178 goals that cost head coach Willie Desjardins his job.
The club's lone representative at last season's all-star game, Horvat is also viewed by many as the captain-in-waiting in Vancouver whenever the tenure of Henrik Sedin, who along with brother Daniel turns 37 at the end of the month, comes to an end.