Canucks captain Bo Horvat
is entering the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season. Despite that, Horvat says he wants to remain a Vancouver Canuck.
"Obviously, I want to be a Vancouver Canuck, and I want to stay here. I love our group, my wife and I love the city," Horvat said. "If I wanted to play for one team my whole career, it'd be the Vancouver Canucks. Obviously, it's a long process, and we'll see where it goes."
Horvat went on to add that he won't let his contract status become a distraction as the season goes on and that he is focused on the task at hand.
"I can't let that kind of stuff bother me. I can't have it hang over my head. For me, I have to put my head down and be the best leader I can," Horvat said. "I'm a Vancouver Canuck right now, I'm going to be a Vancouver Canuck for this full year, and I'm gonna try to do whatever I can to help this team win, and that's what my main focus is right now."
The London (Ontario) native had a strong 2021-22 season, setting a new career-high in goals. In 70 games, Horvat put up 52 points (31 goals, 21 assists), 40 penalty minutes and was a plus-three.
It's unclear how much the salary cap will go up following the 2022-23 season and as it stands, the Canucks sit $2.75 million over. The biggest contract coming off the books next summer will be Michael Ferland at $3.5 million and Braden Holtby's buyout at $1.9 million. There's a good chance with those two coming off and the cap going up by an unspecified amount, Horvat should have no problem getting at least a $1.5 million dollar raise per year on that $5.5 million he's currently earning from the Canucks.