The Vancouver Canucks have actually traded Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders for Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty and a safeguarded 2023 first-round choice.
Horvat is a pending UFA bring a $5.5 million cap hit. Beauvillier has another year left at $4.15 million. Raty is on an entry level handle an AAV of $836,000.
Pierre LeBrun: The first-round choice is leading 12 safeguarded and will move to an unguarded 2024 first-round choice if in the very first 12 choices this year.
Thoughts from the media
Thomas Drance: “#Canucks mistake was committing to a long line of expensive players rather than Bo Horvat. This trade is fine, considering the circumstances. Players are a bit low upside, but I very much like that the club has taken a fade position on the Islanders.”
Cap Friendly: “The Horvat/Beauvillier trade also opens up an additional $1.35M in LTI Salary space for the #canucks, which could come in handy in future moves that the club might be involved in between now and the trade deadline on March 3rd.”
Matthew Fairburn: “The Islanders are adding a big piece, which should spice up the wild-card race in the East. Islanders are currently a point behind the Sabres, but Buffalo has three games in hand.”
J.D. Burke: “I will say that I like the addition of Aatu Räty to the Canucks pool. Hell, I would’ve endorsed him in the spot where they grabbed Danila Klimovich. Hell of a shot, some handling skill, willing to play in tough parts of the OZ, but the skating and pace stand as areas of concern.”
J.D. Burke: “Interestingly, a kind of similar profile to their other top prospect Jonathan Lekkerimäki too.”
Mike Augello: “A first rounder in a deep draft, and how much of an upgrade is Horvat (having a career year) from Beauvillier. Bad deal for the Islanders.”
Evan Rawal: “Weird.”
Steve Conroy: “I like Horvat, but would not have been willing to move a roster player that had the cap hit of Beauvillier (DeBrusk/Zacha ilk). Islanders were in position because they’ve underachieved and are desperate”
Anthony Mingioni: “Big move for the Isles. That said, that’s a dangerously hefty price.”