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LATEST | Insider reveals Ethan Bear's price tag: Talks are slowly progressing


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Felip Gosselin
June 5, 2023  (8:47 PM)
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The Canucks stole Ethan Bear from the Hurricanes for a 5th Round Pick, and since he's gotten to Vancouver, he's done nothing other than exceed expectations.

The Canucks acquired him knowing he'd be a restricted free agent at the end of the campaign. Coming off a $2.2M deal, Allvin joked about the fact that he should be awarded a raise, and since then, the talks have gone radio silent, and no progress has been made.
The expectation was that Ethan Bear was looking at two outcomes. A one-year deal at a similar AAV takes him to free agency with full autonomy next year, or a 3-year deal where the Canucks buy some of his UFA years.
Rick Dhaliwal made quite the statement in that area today. The belief going around was that Bear could command a raise somewhere in the 3's, and Dhaliwal was crystal clear:
‘' The only way Bear gets $3 million is if the #Canucks buy out UFA years..''

From the latest report, the two parties aren't far apart. However, it wouldn't be a far-fetched guess to say that the Canucks are waiting to see how their salary cap situation unfolds in order to try and make a longer-term offer.
Ever since the Nucks acquired Bear, he's taken a big role in their d-core, and nothing changed even after Tocchet took over. If the Canucks attempted to lock him up for 3 or 4 years, would an offer between $3M and $3.5M be reasonable for the Canucks?
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