Canucks, Miller far apart in extension talks

Posted: 07/07/2022 in NHL
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The Vancouver Canucks and star forward J.T. Miller remain far apart in negotiations for a contract extension, sources told Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

Miller has one season left on his current contract at $5.25 million and is expected to command a significant raise on his next deal. He’s eligible to ink an extension when free agency opens on July 13.

Several teams inquired about Miller’s availability at this past season’s trade deadline, and interest in the versatile forward remains strong heading into this week’s draft in Montreal, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Miller is coming off a career-high 99 points in 2021-22 and has been Vancouver’s most dynamic offensive threat since arriving via trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2019. He’s racked up 217 points in 202 games with the Canucks and led the club in playoff scoring when it reached the second round of the playoffs in 2020.

Miller can be deployed at wing or center, and he delivered 172 hits, 206 shots, and 56 blocks while averaging over 21 minutes per night and winning 54.1% of his draws last season.

Vancouver only has 12 players signed beyond next season and also needs to ink captain Bo Horvat to a new deal by the 2023-24 campaign.

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