Looking back at the Bo Horvat trade and what it confirms for the Canucks

Published February 3, 2023 at 7:38

The Vancouver Canucks are a mess right now, after the distasteful way they handled the firing of fan favorite head coach Bruce Boudreau despite the fans' support. It showed how the management didn't care about it fan base.

Now just a week after replacing Boudreau, Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin traded away the team's heart and soul 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.

I personally think this trade could of and should have been prevented. The Canucks Management messed up paying J.T. Miller the insane money he's making when he has more tantrums than a toddler. Horvat was never that way and was always the team player the Canucks are desperately going to miss.

I've personally been a fan of Horvat since he was a 16 years old, when he was playing for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Horvat played four seasons in London under Dale and Mark Hunter. He was a huge part of the Knights winning back-to-back OHL Championships in 2012 and especially 2013 when Horvat was named the playoffs MVP and scored the championship goal with 0.01 second left in Game 7 vs the Barrie Colts.


Horvat is believed to be signing a long-term extension with the Islanders, but it has yet to be confirmed. I think while Horvat will thrive, the Canucks will continue to fall deeper and will need to completely blow this roster up to rebuild, especially with the rumors of Thatcher Demko wanting out of Vancouver...
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