It is only a matter of time before the Vancouver Canucks’ poor performance this season triggered speculation on the trade. With the club struggling in the standings, there are rumors that the Minnesota wild team may be interested in acquiring JT Miller.
The 28-year-old Miller is a skilled and hard-working forward who can play various roles as a wing forward or a center forward. Two seasons ago, he became the Canucks’ leading scorer with 72 points, and now he is their leader with 19 points.
on Monday, ProvinceBen Kuzma reports Wild may be looking for a player, they hope to get them through the playoff hump in a difficult division. He speculated that they could sling winger Kevin Fiala in the package offer to Miller.
Hat friendly show Fiala, 25, is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.His $5.1 million salary is comparable to Miller’s $5.25 million The latter is signed until 2022-23. However, he is also a scorer who lacks Miller’s versatility.
Kuzma believes that the Wild team must make this deal sweeter, perhaps by adding power winger Jordan Greenway or a second-round pick. Greenway is also RFA with arbitration right next summer. The Wild team will face a salary cap tightening next season, and they may be willing to part ways with Greenway. However, Kuzma said that his $2.1 million salary may be too high for the Canucks with limited funds.
Wild may not be the only club that is interested in Miller or is investigating players that the troubled Canucks might be willing to transfer. If he is in the trading zone, his all-around performance will arouse great interest among playoff competitors.
Whether the Canucks will trade Miller or other core players remains to be seen. However, if they do not reverse their fate as soon as possible, changes may occur.