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Could The Canucks Shop J.T. Miller Before the Trade Deadline?

Despite a management change in Vancouver, J.T. Miller has remained in the rumor mill. Will they still move him this season?
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The Vancouver Canucks' struggles in November generated speculation over J.T. Miller's future with the club. Two months and a management and coaching change later, the 28-year-old center has resurfaced as a topic of trade conjecture among NHL pundits.

During a Monday appearance on Sportsnet's 650, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli reported the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers expressed interest in Miller. Because he's signed through 2022-23, Seravalli felt that extra year could fetch the Canucks more than a first-round pick and a high-end prospect. TSN's Pierre LeBrun believes they'd listen if someone offered up three or four prospects.

The Wild were linked to Miller in November following a report claiming they could make a package offer with winger Kevin Fiala as the centerpiece. There's no indication they're revisiting that offer.

Miller began his NHL career with the Rangers, spending nearly six seasons with them. The New York Post's Larry Brooks envisioned a scenario where Miller would skate at right wing on their top-two lines this season before moving into the second-line center position if Ryan Strome departs this summer as a free agent.

The return of the Miller trade rumors coincided with the Canucks hirings this week of Patrik Allvin as GM and Emilie Castonguay as assistant GM. There's an assumption, however, that team president Jim Rutherford will call the shots.

Rutherford has a well-earned reputation as a wheeler-dealer. While he's indicated he'll provide input, Allvin will be the main decision-maker.

Miller could be moved before the deadline but there's no certainty the Canucks will pull the trigger while they remain in the playoff chase. They can also wait until the offseason if they don't get any suitable offers. 

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