NHL Rumors: Canucks and Devils Emerging as Trade Partners

According to Josh Wegman at The Score, he proposes a trade scenario that sees the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils striking a deal with J.T Miller and Damon Severson as the center pieces.

Wegman goes into detail regarding a few proposals as the Devils would need to increase their offer than just Severson, adding they will likely need to include two top prospects. Miller has been linked to about 100 trade rumors since the start of last season and until a contract extension is completed this summer in Vancouver, the trade buzz will continue.

Miller is coming off a career season and at 29 years old, is currently in the prime of his career. He's making $5.25 million next season against the cap and he doesn't hold any trade protection. It's likely his camp is asking for $7.5 million + annually on his next deal and at this point it's hard to determine if the Canucks are interested in the ask. Miller's agent recently had this to say on the matter:

I do think there's a realistic path for an extension with the Canucks. J.T. loves it in Vancouver. He feels like the team is improving, he loved his role there, his family likes the city. He would be on board with an extension. The part that we can't answer is at what value or level the team places on him. From our end, from J.T.'s end, there's a path forward on an extension, but it takes two to tango, I guess

As for Severson, the Devils have yet to hold contract extension talks with the right-handed defenseman and considering the team went out and acquired John Marino from the Pittsburgh Penguins who is signed long term, and still have Dougie Hamilton to anchor the top pair. There's no denying the Devils right side of their blue line is crowded and trading Severson could be next on the agenda. 

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