Canucks extend J.T. Miller on 7-year deal

Posted: 02/09/2022 in NHL
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The Vancouver Canucks announced they’ve signed J.T. Miller to a new seven-year pact carrying an average annual value of $8 million.

Miller is already under contract for the upcoming season with a $5.25-million cap hit.

There was some uncertainty as to whether the forward would be part of the Canucks’ long-term plans, and several teams apparently inquired about his availability in February. Then in early July, it was reported the two sides were far apart in extension talks.

However, a couple weeks later, Miller’s agent said there was a “realistic path” toward a deal.

The 29-year-old established career highs in goals (32), assists (67), points, and average time on ice (21:05) last season – his third campaign with the Canucks and 10th in the NHL.

Miller ranked sixth in the league in assists and ninth in points in 2021-22 and placed sixth in ATOI among NHL forwards. He tied for the team lead in goals and paced the club in both assists and points.

The Ohio-born skater, who can play both center and left wing, posted favorable five-on-five expected goals for (51.03) and scoring chances for (51) percentages in the last campaign, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Miller spent parts of two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning after suiting up with the New York Rangers for his first five-plus campaigns. The Bolts traded him to the Canucks in June 2019.

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