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Isles sign newly acquired forward Bo Horvat to 8-year deal

Feb 4, 2023; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Pacific Division forward Bo Horvat (14) of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against the Central Division during the first period of a semifinal game during the 2023 NHL All-Star Game at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders center Bo Horvat can unpack the moving boxes.

New York announced an eight-year agreement with the former Vancouver Canucks captain on Sunday.

Terms were not disclosed but Sportsnet put the contract value at $68 million for Horvat, acquired on Jan. 30 in a trade that sent forwards Anthony Beauvillier and Aatu Raty and a conditional 2023 first-round pick to Vancouver.

Horvat spent his first 8 1/2 NHL seasons with the Canucks and had served as their captain since 2019.

The 27-year-old Ontario native led Vancouver with 31 goals and was second on the team with 54 points through 49 games this season.

In 621 career games with the Canucks, the 2013 first-round draft pick (ninth overall) tallied 420 points (201 goals, 219 points).

Horvat represented the Islanders at this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Sunrise, Fla., along with forward Brock Nelson and goaltender Ilya Sorokin. He wore a Western Conference jersey with an Islanders logo patch.

Coming out of the break, the Islanders are in the middle of a tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference. At 55 points, they are just three and two points out of the two wild-card spots currently occupied by the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

–Field Level Media