J.T. Miller: Unlikely to be traded
Let’s start with the big names.
J.T. Miller has been on the trade rumour department for what feels like forever but it looks like the Canucks won’t be shopping him at the deadline. He has been on an absolute tear with 27 points in 13 games. At an 82-game pace, the 29-year-old is projected to have 101 points. Miller has also proven to be a leader on the ice and off the ice.
Miller has been linked to numerous teams including the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. With Miller being the Canucks best forward and the fact that the playoffs are a possibility, all signs point to them keeping Miller.
However, do not rule out the possibility of a Miller trade in the offseason.
Brock Boeser: Possible that he could get traded
The second of the big names, Brock Boeser’s name has been swirling in trade rumour land. The 25-year-old needs a new contract this season and knowing the Canucks cap situation and the fact that Boeser has a qualifying offer of 7.5 million dollars, giving him his next contract is going to be easier said than done.
Boeser has enjoyed Boudreau’s arrival. Since Boudreau arrived, he has scored 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 33 games. Boeser had four goals and six assists for 10 points in 22 games under Travis Green.
However, the Canucks may want to trade Boeser because they may not be able to afford his next contract and his qualifying offer. Vancouver also needs defencemen, particularly right-handed defencemen.
Allvin could look to his old buddies in Pittsburgh for a right-handed defenceman. One name that has been thrown out there is John Marino of the Pittsburgh Penguins since he was mentioned as a target by the Canucks by Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman during last Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Marino could possibly be a long-term partner for Quinn Hughes and Boeser would be an ideal target for the Penguins, who want to go on another Stanley Cup run.
I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Boeser getting traded by Monday but there is a chance that the Canucks may want to keep Boeser around and sign him too. If someone like John Marino could come back the other way, it would be tempting to trade Boeser