Vancouver Canucks sign Brock Boeser, add Mike Yeo and Jeremy Colliton to coaching staff

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Apr 26, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser (6) during a stop in play against the Seattle Kraken in the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks announced several moves on Friday, none bigger then signing Brock Boeser to a 3-year contract extension worth $6.55 million per season.

Boeser, 25, was a pending RFA coming off a campaign where he registered 23 goals and 46 points in 71 contests. His last contact came with an AAV of $5.875M.

“We’re very happy to have worked out a new deal for Brock” said GM Patrik Allvin in a statement. “He is a very talented player and has been an effective goal scorer throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing his game progress in the years to come. Now that his contract is in place for three seasons, Brock can shift his entire focus to his on-ice performance.” 

Drafted by the Canucks in 2015, the former first-round pick (23rd overall) has amassed 256 points in 324 games over the course of six seasons.

In addition to Boeser, the Canucks have also signed defenseman Jack Rathbone to a one-way contract. The 23 year-old has appeared in 17 career games for Vancouver and picked up 3 points.

Two-way contracts were given to defenseman Noah Juulsen and forward William Lockwood as well.

Canucks add two former head coaches to staff

Dec 14, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Vasily Podkolzin (92) and forward Nils Hoglander (21) and head coach Bruce Boudreau celebrate their victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Rogers Arena. Vancouver Won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of recent NHL head coaches joined the Vancouver Canucks’ staff on Friday.

The team announced Mike Yeo, most recently the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, was named an assistant coach on Bruce Boudreau’s staff and Jeremy Colliton, the ex-head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, will take over the same post at the AHL affiliate Abbotsford Canucks.

Trent Cull was promoted from Abbotsford to an assistant coaching job at Vancouver.

Yeo, 48, was previously the head coach of the Minnesota Wild (2011-16) and St. Louis Blues (2016-18). The Blues fired him early in the 2018-19 season before turning things around and winning the 2019 Stanley Cup.

Yeo took over for the Flyers after they fired Alain Vigneault early in the 2021-22 season. The team went just 17-36-7 under Yeo’s watch the rest of the way. He is 263-217-62 all-time as a head coach.

Colliton, 37, spent three-plus seasons leading Chicago and brought the team to one playoff appearance, though it came during the expanded 2020 postseason during the pandemic. He was fired after the Blackhawks started the 2021-22 campaign 1-9-2. In 205 games as head coach, Colliton amassed an 87-92-26 record.

“I am so excited to help bring this group of coaches together,” Boudreau said in a news release. “When I started the conversations with Mike Yeo, it became clear to me that he would be an excellent addition. Working with (general manager) Patrik (Allvin) to create a well-rounded staff was very important for us as we look to continue to build upon the momentum we experienced last season.”

Boudreau is entering his first full season leading the Canucks after he was hired in December to replace the fired Travis Green.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report