Boedker open to staying with Coyotes, but ‘it’s their turn to show what I mean to the team’
After failing to agree to a long-term pact, Arizona and Mikkel Boedker agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal in early July. The deal allowed the two sides to avoid arbitration and extend their relationship -- but it remains to be seen if Boedker will remain with the Coyotes beyond this season.
“I’m open for anything,” the Danish speedster told Fox Sports Arizona this week. “It obviously puts a lot of pressure on me this season but I think it’s their turn to show what I mean to the team.
“In some ways, it will be interesting to see, but I have to perform on the ice.”
According to agent Jarret Bousquet, Boedker, 25, was hesitant to sign long-term because of the constant uncertainty of the Coyotes’ future in Glendale. Bousquet also suggested that Boedker could score as high as $5 million annually on the open market as a UFA, which could be why the camp was content to ink a one-year pact (Boedker will be a UFA when this current deal expires).
The expectations are for Boedker to reach new offensive highs this year, especially after a good ’14-15 campaign in which he scored 14 goals and 28 points in 45 games, missing the second half of the season with a ruptured spleen.
Should he post big numbers, an equally big payday could be in his future.
The Coyotes can begin to negotiate an extension with Boedker in January.