NHL Rumour Report: JT Miller trade likely; contenders resurface

The Canucks held onto Miller through the 2022 trade deadline, but appear likely to move him this summer.

- Crank up the JT Miller rumour mill once again.
- Fresh reports out of Vancouver suggest new management is less eager than the previous regime to extend 2023 free agent JT Miller long term, paving the way for an offseason trade.

- Miller was dangled at the deadline but ultimately stayed put as the Canucks mounted an attempt to sneak into the playoffs. Rumblings suggest the packages being offered at the deadline were and are expected be similar to the ones made this summer, so the team held on.
- That is likely to change as the Canucks look to cash in on the 29 year old centerman, who generated plenty of buzz ahead of the March trade deadline.
- Among the teams that have kicked tires are the Avalanche, Maple Leafs, Wild, Rangers and Kings. The Rangers and Avalanche were believed to be particularly interested at the deadline, with Colorado seeing Miller as an "insurance policy" season should pending UFA centerman Nazem Kadri test free agency this summer. There's a very good chance they circle back.

- The trade options available to the Canucks are likely to expand this offseason with more teams in on the bidding war and, importantly, more teams with cap flexibility.

- There's always a chance the Canucks are playing hardball with Miller, who has stated his interest in extending with the team. But all things being equal, it looks more likely than not that Miller will be wearing a different sweater when October rolls around.

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