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. LeBrun is reporting that the soon-to-be announced pact is a six-year deal that will pay Horvat a total of $33 million.
As a result, the Canucks’ looming commitment to the young center will be carrying an annual salary cap hit of $5.5 million through the 2022-23 campaign.
The 22-year-old forward has spent the first three seasons of his NHL career as a member of the Canucks while originally arriving north of the border back in 2014-15. 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. In his second go-round atop the highest level, he upped the ante while appearing in all 82 regular-season games for Vancouver in 2015-16. During that same span, the up-and-coming center registered 40 points alongside 16 goals and another 24 assists.
Most recently, Horvat tallied a single-season career-high 52 points for the Canucks in 2016-17, presumably paving the way for his new six-year, $33 million contract. Posting 20 goals and 32 assists last season, he also managed to record a single-season career-best minus-seven plus/minus rating after producing a disappointing mark of minus-30 in 2015-16.
It is also worth noting that the Canucks originally selected Horvat with the No. 9 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft out of London, Ontario.