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BO HORVAT ADDRESSES CONCERNS OVER PENDING UFA STATUS NEXT SUMMER

SEP 12, 2022  (23H01)      COOPER GODIN
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.

Source: theScore.
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