NHL Rumors: Latest on the Future of J.T Miller in Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks have some major decisions to make these next couple offseasons as management will have to decide who they want to keep around as core players. If forward J.T Miller had any say in the matter, he'd be one of the players selected to stick around.

Miller, who is coming off a monster season recording 99 points in 80 games, has one season left on his contract paying him $5.5 million annually. He's in line for a hefty raise and after a career season. Miller's agent Brian Bartlett recently commented that his client would be open to signing a long-term extension this summer but was not clear on just how much money or term they'll be asking for.

Miller appears to be someone the Canucks have interest in sticking around but so far it's been hard to tell what the vision of their new management team will be. The Canucks went through an up and down season in 2021-22 and there will be lots of  attention on them come this offseason. 

Along with Miller's potential extension, the team has Brock Boeser hitting the restricted free agent market. There's potential he gets moved as the Canucks may not have the resources to meet his contract demands. 

President of hockey operations Jim Rutherford recently commented on his vision of the team and had this to say on Miller's next contract:

You know at some point there’s going to be a decline in the player’s play, but does he give you that much more in the first three years that offsets the last three?. If both sides can come to an agreement, then Miller will be here long-term. If the numbers get out of whack, then we have to make a non-emotional decision and make a tough decision that won’t be popular with anybody

Sounds like the Canucks will certainly be a team to watch as the trade market is going to heat up once the Stanley Cup Playoffs conclude.

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