Uncertainty continues to hover over the Vancouver Canucks as their season spirals out of control. Their plunge toward the bottom of the standings raised ongoing questions over the futures of general manager Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green. It’s also generated trade speculation regarding some of their core players.
J.T. Miller was the first to surface in the rumor mill last week as the Minnesota Wild reportedly expressed an interest in the versatile 28-year-old forward. It’s a good bet the Wild aren’t the only playoff contender calling about him.
The Athletic’s Harman Dayal doubted the Canucks are actively shopping Miller but he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2023. Cap Friendly shows him earning an annual average value of $5.25 million. Dayal felt they must consider if Miller will be worth the expensive cost of resigning him.
Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy had Brock Boeser atop his list of three potentially available forwards. He claimed the 24-year-old Canucks winger was rumored to be on the market since the NHL draft in July. Boeser is earning an annual cap hit of $5.875 million and becomes a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer.
Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Rick Dhaliwal recently told Sportsnet 650 the bulk of the trade calls fielded by the Canucks focused on center Bo Horvat. Like Miller, the 26-year-old Canucks captain is due to become a UFA in 2023. He also carries a comparable cap hit ($5.5 million) and lacks no-trade protection.
The Canucks aren’t under pressure to move Miller, Boeser or Horvat this season. Nevertheless, the longer the club flounders in the standings the more their names will keep popping up in media trade chatter.