The Vancouver Canucks would undoubtedly prefer to keep JT Miller if they can figure out how to give him a new contract and keep their core group together.
But that outcome is not easily accomplished. Miller is on the last season of a contract paying him an average of $5.25 million per season.
That’s why Vancouver Hockey Now’s Rob Simpson offers an article on why Metropolitan Division teams might be good trading partners for the Vancouver Canucks.
That division is tight top to bottom. Adding a 99-point scorer like Miller could alter the balance of power in the Metro. Simpson says the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes in particular could view a Miller as a final piece acquisition. The Devils are trying to make the playoffs for only the second time in 11 seasons. The Hurricanes could view a Miller deal as finishing work on a championship team.
Meanwhile, New York Islanders Hockey Now writer Stefen Rosner writes that the New York Islanders need to aggressively pursue a deal for Miller. GM Lou Lamoriello hasn’t done much in the offseason to improve his team.
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