The Vancouver Canucks announced that they have traded their nine-year veteran and current captain, Bo Horvat, to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Anthony Beauvillier, prospect Aatu Raty, and a conditional first-round pick in 2023.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 2023 pick is top-12 protected.
Vancouver general manager Patrik Allvin spoke at a hastily called news conference, saying, “I think the timing was right. We were happy with the return. I think it was a good hockey trade for both teams.”
He added that they would like to thank Horvat for all that he has done for the team during his time in Vancouver.
Horvat was in the final year of his current deal, earning US$5.5 million, and was enjoying a career-year by leading the Canucks with 31 goals and was second in scoring with 54 points in 49 games.
He was also a pending unrestricted free agent and was feeling the pressure of the unknown, but is looking forward to a fresh start in New York.
The Canucks are excited to add Beauvillier, Raty, and the protected first-round draft pick, as these pieces will be a big part of their development and growth moving forward.
Horvat leaves behind a legacy in Vancouver, where he served as a great leader and ambassador for the hockey club.