The future of J.T. Miller with the Vancouver Canucks has been a widely discussed topic in NHL circles all year long. The trade rumors took a big turn on Thursday, with the Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reporting that several teams around the league have checked in on the star forward’s availability, and talks have certainly heated up lately.
Usually, you’d want to hold on to a player of Miller’s caliber. However, with his upcoming contractual situation and the team’s cap limitations in addition to the league-wide interest in the player, the case to move him in short order may be in the best interest of the team’s future, especially with the haul that he could bring back.
It’s apparent that where ever Jim Rutherford has gone, he’s quick to put his stamp on the team. Exhibit A: trading fan favorite and elite goal scorer James Neal just weeks into his Pittsburgh Penguins tenure to shake up the locker room dynamic.
With the current roster, the Canucks certainly will not be contending for a Stanley cup anytime soon. Moving Miller now would signal a reset and a changing culture as Rutherford looks to put his stamp on the organization. With that being said, what will the Canucks look for in return? Will they focus on a futures heavy return or look for players that can help them win now?
Here are five potential trade scenarios that could make sense for the Vancouver Canucks and their trade partners.