Brock Boeser was excited to be on the ice Monday when the Vancouver Canucks opened training camp, but the forward said he was not thrilled to be mentioned as a potential trade candidate in a report three days earlier.
"I've always been pretty honest with the media, and I feel like it's really unnecessary, even the timing too I thought was pretty questionable," Boeser said. "Last time I checked, the [NHL] Trade Deadline passed, and no one can get traded right now, so it's pretty unnecessary, especially when we're all here and getting ready for playoffs and hopefully to make a deep run."
Boeser said he spoke Monday with coach Travis Green and over the weekend with general manager Jim Benning about the TSN 1040 report, which said the Canucks have discussed trading Boeser after the season to alleviate concerns about the NHL salary cap ($81.5 million in 2020-21).
Benning dismissed the possibility of trading the 23-year-old, who signed a three-year, $17.625 million contract ($5.875 million average annual value) before this season.