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Canucks focused on trade market after Horvat rejects contract offer

Bo Horvat Vancouver Canucks Bo Horvat - The Canadian Press

It appears the Vancouver Canucks may be looking to move captain Bo Horvat ahead of the NHL trade deadline.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, citing a report on Monday by CHEK's Rick Dhaliwal, tweeted that the Canucks made Horvat's camp a new contract offer a couple of weeks ago that was rejected and that the team is focused on the trade market between now and the deadline on March 3.

Horvat, 27, is in the final year of a six-year contract he signed with the Canucks as a restricted free agent in 2017 and carries a cap hit of $5.5 million. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He has 20 goals and 29 points in 28 games this season. Horvat scored a career-high 31 goals last season and posted 52 points in 70 games as Vancouver missed the playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.

Horvat, who was named captain of the Canucks in 2019, has 190 goals and 395 points in 600 career games.