Vancouver Canucks forwards J.T. Miller, Brock Boeser and Conor Garland were fixtures in the rumor mill leading up to Monday's NHL trade deadline. While they will remain with the Canucks for the rest of this season, the trio faces an uncertain future in Vancouver.
Sportsnet's Rory Boylen observed Miller has one season remaining on his contract, Garland has four more and Boeser is a restricted free agent. However, he felt management's decision not to move them doesn't represent a long-term commitment to those players.
Boylen expects whatever the Canucks do to free up salary-cap space or to shake up the roster for next season will take place during the summer. Cap Friendly shows them with over $69 million invested in 12 active roster players for 2022-23.
Patrick Johnston of The Province noted three Canucks roster regulars (Alex Chiasson, Brad Hunt and Jaroslav Halak) are unrestricted free agents following this season. He believes any offseason changes that take place will occur through trades.
The Athletic's Thomas Drance and Rick Dhaliwal believe Canucks management now have a better understanding of the market value of their key veterans and how other clubs view those players. That information will prove useful if they decide to become active in this summer's trade market.
Miller's agent recently said he'd welcome contract extension talks between his client and the Canucks this summer. The 29-year-old center could be shopped, however, if those negotiations prove unproductive.
Boeser's situation requires more urgency. He's eligible for salary arbitration and it'll cost the Canucks $7.5 million to qualify his rights unless he and management reach an agreement on a new deal with a lower cap hit. It could result in the 25-year-old right winger getting shopped before the NHL Draft on July 7 – 8.