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Canucks trade Bo Horvat: ‘The timing was right, it was a good trade for both teams’ — GM Patrik Allvin



The Vancouver Canucks traded captain Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon in exchange for forward Anthony Beauvillier, centre Aatu Raty and a protected 2023 first-round draft pick.

“I thought I was going to be a Canuck for life,” Horvat said in a Zoom session. “Things didn’t work out that way and it hasn’t really fully sunk in yet. There was a lot going on this year, to say the least. It hasn’t been an easy year dealing with just everything that’s gone on and happened.

“I’m sure when this is all over and it starts to sink in, I’m definitely going to have a little bit of weight off the shoulders. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy, with everything that went on, and the unknown and my family the unknown, with people asking me what’s going to happen. It was a lot.


“And then to have deal with you (media) guys every day, definitely didn’t make it easier. But I think it made me stronger as a person, as a player. And, again, it led me to this moment right now. So I’m grateful for that. Definitely looking forward to joining the Islanders.

“I also can’t say enough about the fans and the province of B.C. and all of the unbelievable people that I’ve met in my time in Vancouver. I’m getting emotional here. It’s a tough goodbye.”

As for the trade, the Canucks got what they sought in a veteran forward, prospect centre and first-round pick. The Islanders also announced the Canucks will retain 25 per cent of Horvat’s expiring salary. His cap hit this season was US$5.5 million and $4.450 million in actual salary.

“First of all, we would like to thank Bo Horvat for all that he has done for the Vancouver Canucks during his nine seasons in Vancouver,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said in a club news release. “He has been a great leader and ambassador for our hockey club.

“As difficult as it is to trade away our captain, we are excited to add a high-quality 25 year old winger in Beauvillier, a young centre in Raty, and a protected first-round draft pick. These pieces will be a big part of our development and growth moving forward.”

In his late-afternoon media address, Allvin seemed satisfied as checking the boxes in getting a veteran forward, prospect centre and a first-round pick before possibly landing a right-shot defenceman at the trade deadline.

“We need to improve our team,” stressed Allvin. “Five weeks to the trade deadline and I’ll assume that more calls will come along. We did prioritize to get a young centre or defenceman back for Bo. But we felt strongly that Raty was a key piece in this deal.”

Did the Canucks get enough for Horvat? Allvin said they wanted to retain their captain, but when that process hit a stalemate, the general manager had to pivot and start talking to his peers about a potential return for the centre.

“The market dictates what players are worth, and in this case, we’re really excited about what we got back,” said Allvin. “We got three first-rounders and it was important to get a first-round pick. A couple of months ago, we put our best offer in (to Horvat) and they wanted to wait and that’s when we needed to see what the value is and get a return.

“We were open. We never closed any doors. I respect that Bo put himself in this position to be a UFA this summer where he can dictate where he wants to play and how much money he wants.”

So, why now? Why not wait for a bigger haul closer to the March 3 trade deadline when more contenders or pretenders seek that missing piece?

“Or, maybe not,” stressed Allvin. “The timing was right. It was a good trade for both teams.”

It also presents a culture shift with the captain’s departure. More will be asked of Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in leadership roles, but naming a successor to Horvat will likely play out over the summer.

Beauvillier, 25, has appeared in 49 games with the Islanders this season and has 20 points (9-11) and 10 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 180 pound forward has spent his entire career with the Islanders since entering the league in 2016-17. In 457 regular-season games, Beauvillier has 209 points (102-107) and collected his 100th NHL goal during a three-point outing (2-1-3) on Dec. 23 against Florida. He has also appeared in 49 career NHL playoff games with the Islanders, compiling 29 points (15-14-29).

Beauvillier has another year left on his three-year, US$12.45 million deal at a US$4.15 million cap hit, so he has plenty of incentive to excel to land an extension here.

“Beauvillier has been playing pretty consistent for the Islanders and I saw him a lot with my previous organization (Pittsburgh) in the playoffs and I like the details he plays with — his tenacity and his puck hunting,” said Allvin. “He’ll fit in well with our top-six group on the left side.

“He has shown he can play the power play and penalty kill and he was effective in the playoffs and excited about the way we want to play.”

The Sorel-Tracy, Que., native has represented Canada on various occasions, including at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (gold); 2015 IIHF World U-18 Championships (bronze); 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship; and 2018 World Championship.

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) plays the puck from his knees defended by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Moritz Seider (53) during the first period at UBS Arena on Jan. 27, 2023.
New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) plays the puck from his knees defended by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Moritz Seider (53) during the first period at UBS Arena on Jan. 27, 2023. Photo by Dennis Schneidler /USA TODAY Sports

Before beginning his pro career, Beauvillier spent three seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, leading the team in scoring in his second season (42-52 in 67 GP) and points-per-game (1.61) in his final junior season. Beauvillier was originally selected by the Islanders in the first round, 28th overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Raty, 20, has split the 2022-23 season between the Islanders and their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Islanders, registering two goals (2-0) in 12 NHL games. At the AHL level, the left-shot centre has produced 15 points (7-8) in 27 games and has 12 penalty minutes. Before making his North American debut last season with Bridgeport (2 GP, 0-0), Raty played three seasons in the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga) with Oulun Kärpät and Mikkelin Jukurit, totalling 51 points (18-33) in 94 regular-season games.

“We’re going to assign him to Abbotsford, and as a first-year pro, he played really well at the world juniors last summer and really strong in Finland,” said Allvin. “Educating him on how we want to play and for him to settle in with the system before he plays here.”

“For a young player to step in from Europe and play as well as he has in 12 games with New York, is pretty impressive. But it’s up to develop him to become a full-time NHL player

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound centre ranked second in team scoring for Mikkelin Jukurit in 2021-22 with 40 points (13-27) in only 41 games, for the second highest points-per-game average on the team (0.98). A native of Oulunsalo, Finland, Raty has also appeared on the international stage with Finland multiple times, including earning silver at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge and collecting three points (2-1) at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Raty was originally selected by the Islanders in the second round, 52nd overall at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

The Canucks were tied to the Islanders with 2022 trade speculation at the draft. There were rumours that a discussion had taken place about moving J.T. Miller to the Islanders. It had supposedly fallen apart when the Islanders traded their first-round pick to Montreal, instead of Vancouver, at No. 13.

Two picks later, the Canucks selected forward Jonathan Lekkerimaki.

“There was nothing going on,” Allvin said at the time.

Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello replied: “Talk to Vancouver.”

Meanwhile, the departure of Horvat and loss of Lane Pederson to waivers could open the door for Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander to return to the NHL. Their games and confidence have grown in the AHL at Abbotsford. Podklozin is playing more free and has 16 points (7-9) in 26 games. Hoglander has 11 points (5-6)  in 17 games.

“We need to make some call-ups and those particular names come up and Podkolzin has been playing well and not just scoring — it’s his attitude, how he plays a 200-foot game and his practice habits,” said Allvin. “I could see him and Nils eventually getting a chance.”

As for Horvat, he got on a heater in late October and his 13 goals in the following 13 games set the performance bar to expand the parameters of a contract extension that was never cemented. He was well on his way to establishing a new career standard — he’s on pace for a whopping 50 goals and 90 points — and the hockey operations’ department was contemplating salary cap hell before making the trade.

Horvat knew what was likely coming, but stayed true to his professionalism last week.

“I can’t look at that (trade speculation) right now, it’s doing whatever I can to help this team win,” Horvat said last Tuesday. “It’s just being dedicated to our structure. If we dig in with our systems, then we’re going to have a lot of success. 

“We can be a little tighter in the defensive zone, stopping in the right areas, and not blowing the zone and cheating for offence.”

He’ll face his former club on Feb. 9 at the Islanders’ new arena.

“That is going to be an interesting game to say the least,” he said Monday. “It’s going to be weird skating on the other side from my teammates. I’ve got the game circled on my calendar.”

New York Islanders centre Aatu Raty (16) skates the puck into the zone against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at UBS Arena on Jan. 27, 2023.
New York Islanders centre Aatu Raty (16) skates the puck into the zone against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at UBS Arena on Jan. 27, 2023. Photo by Dennis Schneidler /USA TODAY Sports

Initial negotiations with Horvat’s camp were about awarding past performance and not the promise of bigger future production and his 31 goals through 49 games. It’s why there was a stalemate in talks because of the dominoes that needed to tumble to make Horvat fit. They never did fall. Too much money was tied up in players they couldn’t move.

“We’ve taken our best shot and the contract we have on the table I think is fair for what he’s done up until this year,” Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford said Jan. 16 in a wide-ranging media address. “But it’s certainly under market value for what he’s done this year, so we’re in a pickle here.”

That pickle was complicated by the Andrei Kuzmenko, two-year, US$11 million extension Thursday that cut into the Horvat math to get a deal done.

“He’s had a career run and he’s looking for his money and deserves it,” Rutherford said of Horvat. “I don’t blame him. But even with what we have on the table for him now, without any changes, we’re well over the cap on the projection.”

And that was before the Kuzmenko extension.


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Canadian momentum build continues at women's curling worlds with wins over Italy, Scotland –



Canada’s Kerri Einarson improved to 4-1 in round-robin play with a sweep of her matches Monday at the world women’s curling championship.

Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris downed Italy’s Stefania Constantini 7-2 in the morning draw before holding on for a 9-8 win over Scotland’s Rebecca Morrison in the late session. The wins moved Canada into sole possession of second place behind Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni (5-0).

“We’ve had a few really tight battles and a few where we’re very grateful to win,” Birchard said. “It feels similar to last year when I know we dropped one or two early but then powered through the rest of the week.

“We need to keep the momentum going. We’re feeling strong and feeling good out there on the ice. All we can do is keep getting better.”


The Canadians meet the Swiss in Tuesday’s afternoon draw at the Goransson Arena before taking on New Zealand in the evening.

WATCH | Canadians defeat Scotland for 3rd straight victory: 

Canada improves to 4-1 at women’s curling worlds with win over Scotland

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Canada’s Kerri Einarson moves into sole possession of second place at the world women’s curling championship by beating Scotland’s Rebecca Morrison 9-8.

Einarson scored four in the first end against Morrison, but the Scots replied with four in the second.

The Canadians started slowly building a lead, and went up 9-5 after steals of one in the seventh and eighth ends.

Morrison got two back in the ninth, and made it close with a steal of one in the 10th.

WATCH | Canada’s Einarson beats Italy’s Constantini at women’s curling worlds:

Canada’s Einarson defeats Italy’s Constantini at women’s curling worlds

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Canada’s Kerri Einarson improves to 3-1 in round-robin play with a 7-2 victory over Italy’s Stefania Constantini at the world women’s curling championship.

“We talked about it after the second end and it was essentially like we blanked the first two ends and it was just going to be an eight-end game from there on. We really parked it,” Birchard said. “We were firing after that and there were no real missteps. I feel like we put together a pretty good game.”

In the earlier match, Italy faced a triple-raise double-takeout to score in the ninth end but gave up a steal of two to end the game.

The top six teams in the 13-team field qualify for the playoff round. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Einarson won bronze at last year’s world championship in Prince George, B.C.

WATCH | Einarson talks worlds on CBC Sports’ ‘That Curling Show’:

That Curling Show: Kerri Einarson ready to take on the curling world in Sweden

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Fresh off her fourth straight Scotties title, the skip joins That Curling Show to talk about what makes her team so dominant, having her kids be able to watch the final and how she’s prepping for worlds.

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Carson Briere, son of Flyers GM Danny, charged for pushing wheelchair down stairs – CTV News



Three misdemeanour charges were filed Monday against the son of Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Danny Briere after a video posted on social media showed him and another Mercyhurst University athlete pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down a staircase.

Police in Erie, Pa., filed charges of criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy to commit mischief and disorderly conduct against Carson Briere, who completed his third hockey season at Mercyhurst. Patrick Carrozzi, listed as a senior member of the school’s lacrosse team, faces the same three charges, according to documents filed with District Judge Sue Mack.

The two are scheduled to appear in court on May 22.


Briere and Carrozzi are seen on a surveillance video at the top of a staircase of a local bar, where they push the wheelchair down the steps on March 11. Police say their actions posed a potential danger to anyone coming up the stairs, while also creating a hazardous condition by blocking the staircase.

The wheelchair’s owner, identified as Sydney Benes, filed a complaint saying the fall down the stairs damaged the left brake handle, broke the right arm rest’s plastic molding, bent a rear handle and caused the wheels to drag when moving forward. Benes said the wheelchair was purchased a year ago, costing US$2,000.

It’s unclear if Briere or Carrozzi have lawyers who can speak on their behalf.

Briere and two other athletes were placed on interim suspension, while the school investigated the matter.

A message seeking comment left with a Mercyhurst athletic department spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Last week, the 23-year-old Briere apologized in a statement released through the NHL’s Flyers.

“I am deeply sorry for my behaviour on Saturday,” he said. “There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do whatever I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”

Danny Briere, who was promoted to run the Flyers after Chuck Fletcher was fired two weeks ago, said he was shocked to see his son’s actions and called them “inexcusable,” while saying his son “accepts full responsibility for his behaviour.”

Mercyhurst previously released a statement saying the actions displayed in the video fall short of the school’s “belief in the inherent dignity of each person,” adding the school’s “tradition also reminds us that students and all people who make poor choices deserve opportunities to learn, change behaviours and atone for harmful actions.”

Carson Briere previously was dismissed from Arizona State’s hockey club in 2019 for what the school called a violation of team rules.

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Quick Reaction: Raptors 111, Bucks 118



O. Anunoby37 MIN, 22 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 8-12 FG, 4-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -1 +/-

Not much more you could ask for from OG tonight, except maybe for some more touches down the stretch. His run of great form continued against the Bucks tonight where he played phenomenally on both ends.

P. Siakam39 MIN, 13 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 5-14 FG, 1-5 3FG, 2-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -12 +/-

Siakam is one of the better players in the league in terms of finding ways to impact the game when his shot isn’t falling, but boy the shot would have been nice to have tonight. He’s cooled down a bit from his unfathomably hot start earlier in the season. It’s not a cause to be concerned just yet, but as the team around him starts to hit their stride, it’ll be even sweeter as Pascal does as well.

J. Poeltl31 MIN, 20 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 10-18 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 BLK, 1 TO, -17 +/-

It was nice to finally have someone who can take the Brook assignment without Nurse having to implement an entire scheme to make up for the lack of size. Even so, it wasn’t the greatest performance from the big man tonight, who went a shocking -17 in his 30 minutes.

S. Barnes13 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -5 +/-


The X-ray came back negative thankfully, but Scottie missed the second half with a wrist injury. He was playing well up until his departure. While the loss is tough to swallow, it’s important to keep in mind that Mr. 4th Quarter had to watch it from the locker room.

F. VanVleet38 MIN, 23 PTS, 4 REB, 11 AST, 1 STL, 9-21 FG, 3-8 3FG, 2-3 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, 3 +/-

Fred always plays well against the Bucks and tonight was no different. He kept the ball moving and made shot after shot for a team that desperately needed it.

P. Achiuwa20 MIN, 5 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 2-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 7 +/-

The numbers are underwhelming sure, but Precious looked like vintage Precious tonight. In a good way, too. Getting Precious back into a rhythm this season hasn’t been easy but he’s slowly finding his step, and was absolutely a positive on the floor tonight in a matchup where his physicality on defence was necessary.

G. Trent Jr.33 MIN, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 6-18 FG, 5-10 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, 3 +/-

This is a different Raptors team when Gary is on. He played great early on but it trailed off toward the latter half. I think he’ll continue to excel in his role off the bench, but in particular with Scottie out for the second half, Gary couldn’t deliver when they needed it tonight.

C. Boucher16 MIN, 5 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-4 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -3 +/-

A pretty unremarkable stretch from Boucher all things considered. The Bucks are not a great match-up for him either and it showed.

W. Barton13 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0-6 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-

The Barton minutes were, too put it bluntly, bad. He got an extended run in the fourth and it cost the team a lot more than it should have. The backup PG revolving door may continue until game 82 at this rate.

Nick Nurse

Outside of a questionable lineup to open up the fourth, Nurse did fine to put us in a position to win against perhaps the best team in the league.

Things We Saw

  1. The Raptors clearly wanted to let the Bucks shoot from 3, and it almost worked. They took 45 threes tonight and only made 16.
  2. OG Anunoby took one shot in the fourth quarter after playing a stellar three quarters offensively. As easy as it is to say I’d love to see him be more assertive, the Raptors also have to make an effort to find him in these situations.

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