NHL Rumors: Brock Boeser, Mikko Rantanen, Patrik Laine, and Kyle Connor

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Vancouver Canucks are awaiting MRI results on Brock Boeser.
A few more dollars for Brock Boeser

Jared Clinton of The Hockey News:  It’s all about term and money for the Vancouver Canucks and Brock Boeser. The intriguing part is the cap comparables that Boeser draws himself to — Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau, similar production, received a deal with an AAV of $7.5 million. That may be the range Vancouver looks for in a six, maybe seven-year pact.

Brock Boeser scores at a rate of 0.42 goals per game and 0.85 points per contest. Only 13 other players have done that in this timeframe. An expected range of dollars is anywhere from $6.5 to $8.25 million — it all depends on the term.

So about Mikko Rantanen‘s next deal…

Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic:  A little insight into the Mikko Rantanen negotiations yields this tidbit of a quote.

“But with the (Timo) Meier signing and obviously you saw the offer sheet with (Sebastian) Aho. So there’s some comparable numbers that are starting to come in,” Sakic said. “I think the more guys that get signed — and you see the comparable numbers — the easier it’s going to be at some point.”

Again, this is the starting point of the process and there are other variables and players to consider. On the other hand, Rantanen presents as an elite talent. This crop of RFA’s is plentiful. Unlike Toronto and Tampa Bay, Colorado has no cap concerns to afford Mikko Rantanen.

Say, Mike Liut pushes for a cap hit similar to the Vladimir Tarasenko deal (8 years, $7.5 million AAV). In present dollars, that could mean a $9.5-$10 million AAV for Rantanen. Expect a range between $8-$10 million.

Then there’s Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor

Murat Ates of The Athletic:  Winnipeg possesses $20.4 million in cap space to sign the two mentioned above plus Pionk and Copp. Those two filed for salary arbitration.

If you trust Evolving Wild’s contract projections, there’s plenty of room:

  • Laine at seven years and $7.1 million AAV
  • Connor at six years and $6.8 million AAV
  • Copp at two years at $2.2 million AAV
  • Pionk at two years at $2.9 million AAV

All this totals $19 million of Winnipeg’s $20.4 million remaining cap space. That means some wiggle room exists. Mike Liut is also the agent of Patrik Laine. Would a $9 million AAV offer sheet cause Winnipeg to walk? It could with Laine but not with Connor (see Brock Boeser).

If Patrik Laine signs an offer sheet somewhere then things get interesting quick.

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