A Vancouver Canucks forward is the centre of trade offers according to insiders Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek. The JT Miller trade offers are coming in and general manager Patrik Allvin is at least listening to those possible deals. Miller could be on the move this off-season after surviving the trade deadline.
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JT Miller Trade Offers Coming In
Marek and Friedman both speculated on if the 29-year-old will be on the move. The East Palestine, Ohio native will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. He’s coming off a 32-goal season and will look to get a raise from his $5.25 million salary.
Friedman said a contract will be hard to get done. Miler wants to do what he can in likely the most pivotal contract in his career. The former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning standout may want to get to the free-agent market to maximize his earning power. This means Vancouver is likely to deal him to avoid losing him for nothing.
He also mentioned that the Washington Capitals might be in the market for a forward. Longtime forward Nicklas Backstrom is out for a while thanks to hip surgery. Could Miller be the man that fills the void?
Marek said that Allvin and team president Jim Rutherford want to clear cap space. That’s been their priority since taking over the task of remodelling the Canucks. Clearing out Miller’s cap hit would give them the flexibility that will help long term.
What it Means
Many were surprised that Miller wasn’t traded at the deadline. However, the Canucks were still in the playoff race after a terrible start. Bruce Boudreau managed to get Vancouver to play meaningful hockey during the final weekend.
Miller played a hand in the Canucks’ revival and fans would love to have him stay long-term. However, it seems an extension isn’t in the cards. Allvin and Rutherford likely will look for a trade partner that will give the Canucks cap space and some younger players.
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