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Vancouver Canucks forwards J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser are generating trade interest, and it appears the club is exploring its options.

“It seems like it’s open season for the Vancouver Canucks,” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Tuesday. “It’s not a fire sale, so don’t misunderstand that, but we’re talking about J.T. Miller, and we’re talking about Brock Boeser.”

Dreger added that “there is strong market interest” in both players and that the Canucks are “interested in listening.”

Vancouver isn’t just seeking future assets in return if they trade Miller or Boeser, either.

“The Canucks aren’t just in the market for draft picks,” Dreger said. “They need good, young players – NHL players – in return.”

Miller is entering the final year of his contract with a $5.25-million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent. The 29-year-old is coming off a career-best 99-point campaign.

The Canucks were rumored to be shopping Miller ahead of the 2022 trade deadline, but they ultimately kept the versatile forward. He’s excelled playing both center and wing in recent years.

Boeser, a winger, is a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer of $7.5 million. The 25-year-old sniper recorded 23 goals and 23 assists while playing a career-high 71 games last season. He’s averaged 30 goals and 35 assists per 82 games throughout his six-year career.

Vancouver projects to have $9.7 million in cap space this offseason, according to CapFriendly. They’re deep up front – especially with the recent addition of KHL star Andrei Kuzmenko – but they could use some help on defense.

Captain Bo Horvat, a 2023 UFA, and slick Swede Elias Pettersson, a 2024 RFA, are due for raises in the coming years. It may be difficult to keep all four of Miller, Boeser, Horvat, and Pettersson under the hard salary cap moving forward.

The Toronto Maple Leafs spoke to the Dallas Stars about defenseman John Klingberg and the Vancouver Canucks about forward J.T. Miller, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Klingberg is a pending unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $4.25 million, per CapFriendly. The right-handed blue-liner is having an off year by his standards with only one goal and 25 assists over 44 games this season. The 29-year-old Swede was spectacular in the 2020 playoff bubble, recording 21 points in 26 contests as Dallas reached the Stanley Cup Final.

The Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly among the teams to previously show interest in Klingberg.

The Leafs already added Ilya Lyubushkin on defense from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but Friedman notes “they aren’t finished trying to tinker with their blue line.”

Toronto placed defenseman Jake Muzzin on long-term injured reserve Wednesday with a concussion. His absence creates a void on the Leafs’ blue line, and some additional cap space until he returns – which is unknown at this point.

Miller is signed through next season with a $5.25-million cap hit before becoming a UFA. The versatile forward – capable of playing both center and wing – has registered 20 goals and 37 assists in 51 games this season. However, Friedman noted the 28-year-old likely isn’t Toronto’s top priority.

The New York Rangers are reportedly among the other clubs to show interest in Miller thus far.

As for what the Leafs may have to give up in a potential deadline deal, Friedman reported the team has made it clear their desire to hold on to top prospects Matthew Knies and Topi Niemela – especially for rentals or shorter-term options. Nick Robertson, who was recalled from the AHL on Friday, is also unlikely to be traded for a rental, he added.

The New York Rangers appear interested in bringing back J.T. Miller for a second tour of duty in the Big Apple.

New York is among several teams to inquire about the Vancouver Canucks forward, sources told The Athletic’s Arthur Staple.

Miller, a 2011 first-round pick by the Rangers, spent the first six seasons of his career in New York before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018, along with Ryan McDonagh, in exchange for Libor HajekBrett HowdenVladislav Namestnikov, and a pair of draft picks.

The versatile forward, capable of playing both center and wing, has enjoyed the best stretch of his career with the Canucks, who acquired him in 2019. He’s averaged 29 goals and 52 assists per 82 games in Vancouver and leads the team with 48 points in 47 contests this season.

Miller wouldn’t just be a rental, either, as he’s signed through next season with a $5.25-million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent, per CapFriendly.

The Canucks, who currently sit 13th in the Western Conference in points percentage, are widely expected to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline.

New York’s likeliest trade chip for an impact player is defenseman Nils Lundkvist, sources told Staple. The 2018 first-rounder has been surpassed by Braden Schneider on the right side of the team’s blue-line depth chart. Lundkvist has recorded four points in 25 games during his rookie campaign.

Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller scored in a 42-second span in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks beat the NHL-leading Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night to sweep the two-game series.

Horvat tied it on a power play at 8:49, and Miller gave the Canucks the lead at 9:31. Nils Hoglander completed the scoring with 3:07 left.

Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists, and Thatcher Demko made 37 saves to help Vancouver improve to 11-15-2.

John Tavares and Jimmy Vesey scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs dropped to 18-6-2 after losing two straight in regulation for the first time this season.

Vancouver caught a break when William Nylander was called for delay of game for sending the puck over the glass as he charged toward the Canucks zone.

Boeser sent a blast from near the blue line through traffic in front of the net, and Horvat tipped it in past Andersen to tie it.

Boeser got another on the go-ahead goal, picking up the puck off a Toronto stick deep in the Leafs’ zone and firing a shot at Andersen. The goalie made the stop, but Miller got to the rebound and scored.

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Maple Leafs: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.

Canucks: Host Montreal on Monday night to open a two-game series.

J.T. Miller had two goals and an assist, Tyler Motte scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks handed the Ottawa Senators their sixth straight loss, 5-1 Wednesday night.

Elias Pettersson also had a goal and an assist, and Thatcher Demko made 42 saves for Vancouver.

Ottawa’s lone goal came from Josh Norris on a power play in the first period. Marcus Hogberg stopped 30 shots. The Senators haven’t won since beating Toronto 5-3 in its season opener on Jan. 15.

The Canucks sealed it 11:46 into the third period after Jay Beagle collected the puck from a messy faceoff. He sent it careening to the front of the net, where it deflected in off Motte.

Motte has five goals, surpassing the four he scored for Vancouver in 34 regular-season appearances in 2019-20.

Demko was tested early and often, with one of his best saves of the night coming midway through the first period when he stood down Tkachuk on a breakaway.

The Vancouver goalie faced a flurry of action on Ottawa’s first power play, with the Canucks’ penalty killers struggling to clear the puck from around the crease. Norris took advantage of the commotion and buried a wrist shot 8:16 into the period, tying the game at 1-1.

NOTES

Defenseman Jalen Chatfield slotted back into Vancouver’s lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. … Earlier on Wednesday, the Sens dealt defenseman Christian Jaros to the San Jose Sharks for forward Jack Kopacka and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 entry draft.

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Ottawa won’t have to wait long for a chance to avenge Wednesday’s loss. The two sides will battle again on Thursday, closing out a three-game series.

Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller will be in the lineup Monday night for his season debut versus the Calgary Flames, he confirmed Sunday.

Miller missed the club’s first three games due to COVID-19 protocols. He never tested positive, but he wasn’t able to take to the ice due to close contact with Vancouver defenseman Jordie Benn, who’s still unable to play.

“I followed league and government protocols and I was cleared to return,” Miller said. “I’m ready to get back at it … I’m excited for the game tomorrow.”

Miller is entering his second season with the Canucks after a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He made an instant impact with Vancouver in the 2019-20 campaign, leading the club in scoring with 72 points in the regular season before a strong playoff showing.

The Canucks are currently 1-2. They were shut out by the Flames and their former netminder, Jacob Markstrom, on Saturday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning dealt forward J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for goaltender Marek Mazanec, a 2019 third-round pick, and a 2020 conditional first-round selection, the clubs announced Saturday.

Miller collected 13 goals and 47 points in 75 regular-season games with the Lightning this past season.

He has four years left on his contract with a cap hit of $5.25 million, according to CapFriendly.

Miller notched 10 goals and 18 points in 19 contests with Tampa Bay in 2017-18 after the club acquired him from the New York Rangers in the Ryan McDonagh deal at the trade deadline.

The 26-year-old spent parts of six seasons with the Rangers, who selected him 15th overall in the 2011 draft.

The New York Rangers traded defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forwards Vladislav NamestnikovBrett Howden, defenseman Libor Hajek, a first-round pick in 2018, and a conditional first-round pick in 2019, the team announced Monday.

The Lightning had long been rumored to want McDonagh after it was reported Tampa Bay wasn’t on his 10-team no-trade list.

McDonagh – signed through next season – gives the Lightning a solid boost to their back end.

Count New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault among the many who saw the punishment levied on Dustin Byfuglien as just a touch light.

“Vigneault wanted the electric chair,” Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said Friday, speaking to the media for the first time since his star rover was issued a four-game ban for his cross-check on Rangers forward J.T. Miller.

Alright, maybe more than a touch.

Maurice, who didn’t necessarily have a problem with the suspension, rather the consistency to which they are applied, said he wasn’t witness to an act worthy of execution:

It wasn’t a situation where he said, ‘I’m going to cross-check this guy in the back of the neck and see if I can get away with it.’ He threw a cross-check that went way too high on a guy that was on his way down and it cost us. So what Dustin Byfuglien owes this team is for that Calgary game to be the best game that he can possibly play.

The Jets will begin a four-game stretch that will determine their postseason fate Saturday versus the Vancouver Canucks.