The New York Rangers are reportedly interested in Vancouver Canucks forward J.T Miller and will continue to try and convince the Canucks to make a deal before the Mar.21 deadline. 

The Canucks will surely listen to offers on numerous players on their roster but with new head coach Bruce Boudreau getting the team back on track, don’t expect any deals to happen before late March. The team will continue to push for the Stanley Cup playoffs and currently sit only five points out of the second wild card spot.

Miller is sought after by not only the Rangers but many teams for his leadership qualities, his production on the ice and his fierce competitive spirit. The 28-year-old is under contract through next season at only $5.25 million and doesn’t hold any trade protection.

So far in 39 games in 2021-22, Miller has been a point-a-game player. He was one member of the Canucks who was critical of the team’s coaching staff earlier in the season before management made a change. Miller was often yelling during practice about the organization of drills and expected more out of his head coach Travis Green at the time.

A small nugget worth noting is the fact Miller had a no-trade clause prior to being dealt to the Canucks and Vancouver did void the clause after acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2019. Miller spent six seasons with the Rangers and was a former first-round pick in 2011. If the Canucks end up sending him packing back to the Big Apple, expect a mega-package heading back to Vancouver that likely includes one of Alexis Lafreniere or Kaapo Kakko. New York currently has $7.1 million in cap space.

Photo credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

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