Brock Boeser remains a restricted free agent, but Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green told Sportsnet on Friday that he's not worried about the forward remaining unsigned.
"I'm not. This is part of today's NHL," Green said in his first remarks to the media since the 2019 NHL Draft in June. "The one thing I know about Brock is he wants to play bad and he wants to play for this team. I talked to him recently about his summer training and where he's at. He sounds excited to get going again. The contract stuff always takes care of itself, and I believe it will."
Boeser and Vancouver general manager Jim Benning also each said he was sure that an agreement would be reached for the 22-year-old who had 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 69 games last season.
"I feel confident we're going to get the deal done and everything's going to work out," Boeser said July 10. "I love Vancouver. The organization, the city, the fans, everything's great there, and I want to be there for a long time."
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The Canucks this offseason signed free agent forward Micheal Ferland (four years, $14 million) and defensemen Tyler Myers (six years, $30 million) and Jordie Benn (two years, $4 million), and acquired forward J.T. Miller in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning. They also re-signed defenseman Alexander Edler to a two-year, $12 million contract.
Boeser is not eligible for an offer sheet from another team under the collective bargaining agreement because he played fewer than 10 games in 2016-17. He had 55 points (29 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games as an NHL rookie in 2017-18, when a back injury sustained March 5 ended his season. Boeser finished second in Calder Trophy voting as the League's top rookie that season behind Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders.
Boeser missed 13 games early last season with a groin injury.
"We're going to continue to talk to Brock and his camp and get that figured out, that's very important for us," Benning said July 11. "We have a plan in place. If we can move players, it makes it easier, but if we can't move players we still have a plan in place to be [NHL salary cap compliant]."