It’s time for another round of NHL trade rumours. We’re closing in on the end of the regular season, but the rumours are still coming in. Some teams have already punted on the season and will retool in the off-season. A few of these teams will want to off-load some of their bigger contracts and start fresh. One of these teams is the Vancouver Canucks and they may re-visit a J.T. Miller trade.
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Canucks Re-visting JT Miller Trade?
Rumour: Thomas Drance of The Athletic looked at the possibility of the Canucks dealing the forward in his latest mailbag. The Canucks were open to trading the East Palestine, Ohio native at the deadline. Drance and other insiders like Pierre LeBrun got that kind of intelligence. There was a rumour that Vancouver approached the Pittsburgh Penguins about a possible trade.
New #Canucks mailbags @TheAthleticNHL.
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Part II: https://t.co/N5CN9u4kDr
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) March 14, 2023
Miller’s new contract kicks in on July 1 and that includes his full no-trade clause. This deal runs until the 2029-30 deal and has an $8 million cap hit. Most teams are going to be very hesitant to take on such a large contract. However, Vancouver general manager Patrik Allvin may have to do any or all of retain some salary, take in a bad contract or throw in a sweetner.
Can a JT Miller Trade Happen?
It’ll be hard to pull off but not impossible according to Drance. Some general manager could get trigger happy after an early playoff exit and may roll the dice on Miller. Vancouver would probably love to give the veteran forward a fresh start and trading him can do that.
It’s a large risk, but it could be a bargain if the league’s salary cap does finally go up with the injection of television money. Miller’s deal may not hurt so much if there is a bigger salary cap.
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