NHL Free Agents: Mikkel Boedker – Rumors, Best Fits

NHL Free Agents: Mikkel Boedker – Latest Rumors, FA Profile, 5 Best Fits

One of the more intriguing NHL free agents this summer is Mikkel Boedker based on his age and skill-set.

There is no reason to believe that Colorado has much interest in re-signing their trade deadline rental that was supposed to help clinch them a Wild-Card spot.

No, the experiment didn’t work out too well for Boedker or the Avs, but it doesn’t mean the Danish forward won’t generate a ton of interest on July 1. He might even receive that long-term big-ticket contract the 26-year-old is looking for. 

A bit of a late bloomer, Boedker has established himself as a top six forward in recent years.

Mikkel Boedker was selected 8th overall back in 2008 after he made the jump to North America to join OHL Kitchener in 2007-08.

He made the Coyotes as an 18-year-old the next Fall and had a sub-par 28-point rookie season. Boedker’s first three years in the NHL were full of up’s and down’s as he continually matured and developed.

It seemed once he came back from Finland during the lock-out shortened season in 2012-13 that things began to click for the young Dane. He posted 26 points in 48 games that year. Mikkel followed that up with a career-high 19 goal (51 point) season in 2013-14.

He missed time due to injury in 2014-15, but still managed to produce 28 points in 45 games. After posting 39 points in 62 games for Arizona in 2015-16, Boedker was traded to Colorado at this year’s deadline.

Mikkel Boedker’s Resume:

– World Juniors standout for Team Denmark in 2008 after posting six points in six games.
– OHL Champion (Kitchener – 2007-08)
– CHL Top Prospects Game (2007-08)
– Three World Hockey Championship Appearances (’09, ’11, ’13)
– Named to Team Europe for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September
– Suited up for the NHL YoungStars at the NHL All-Star Game in 2008-09

NHL Free Agents: Mikkel Boedker Rumors/Speculation

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Boedker, who isn’t exactly a hero in the analytics community, appears to have been a pure rental for Colorado. Even though Joe Sakic said publicly he’d like to have him back, Boedker’s reported asking price is in the ballpark of $5.5 million for five years. Will likely go to the highest bidder.

“There’s no decision as of right now,” Boedker told the Denver Post. “I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and we’ll see what happens in the summer.”

Potential Contract for Mikkel Boedker

As we see above, the reported asking price will be five years/$5.5 million dollars.

It would be surprising to see a team match that AAV unless he takes a three or four-year deal.

Otherwise, a five or six-year contract is more likely to fetch somewhere between $5-$5.25 million/year.

Boedker absorbs a lot of criticism, but let’s not forget that he’s only ever known what he’s had to play with in Arizona/Phoenix plus his short stint in Colorado.

Who knows what he’s capable of with quality linemates on a good team. 5 years at $5 million dollars sounds like a suitable contract.

5 Best Fits

Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers