Canucks sign Horvat to 6-year, $33M contract

Canucks sign Horvat to 6-year, $33M contract”

Leading up to the announcement there was debate on whether or not the Canucks would give Bo Horvat a big pay day.

Horvat inked a six-year, $33 million deal with Vancouver on Friday. Horvat is now the fourth-highest paid player on the Canucks in terms of average annual value, behind only the Sedins ($7 million each) and Loui Eriksson ($6 million). "Bo has quickly become a foundational player on our team and we're thrilled for him to be a part of what we're building here long term", Benning said. 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.

The highly touted 9 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft started his career slow, scoring just three goals in his first 32 games.

In his third season in the National Hockey League, the former home grown London Knight became a focal point of a stuttering Canucks offense. In 199 games since then he has forced his way into the spotlight, culminating in his performance last season that saw him put up 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points in 81 games.

Horvat will now be under contract through the 2022-23 National Hockey League season.

If he wasn't already, the new contract makes Horvat the face of a Canucks' rebuild that also includes forwards Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund, defencemen Ben Hutton and Troy Stecher, and prospects Brock Boeser, Olli Juolevi, Thatcher Demko, Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin, among others. "He's already a leader on our team and a young player fans can be excited to watch for years to come". He was also the Canucks' lone representative at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

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