If all else fails, the New York Rangers could trade with JT Miller

November 2, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks striker JT Miller (9) scores on New York Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin (31) in the third period at Rogers Arena. Canucks won 3-2 in extra time. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Trading the New York Rangers for JT Miller could become an off-season hot topic again.

According to a recent report by Darren Dreger on TSN’s Insider Trading, the Vancouver Canucks are listening a lot to offers for Miller and Brock Boeser awaiting RFA.

“Canucks are interested in listening, [GM] Patrik Allvin I’m sure he’s very busy, but the Canucks aren’t just in the market for draft picks, ”Dreger said. “They need good, young players, NHL players in return. It will be a very interesting low season in Vancouver. “

With the Rangers cap locked as Andrew Copp and Ryan Strome of the UFA on hold are looking for deals for at least 5 years of around $ 6 million each, Miller could present a cheaper option for a year.

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Miller, 29, was the Canucks’ top scorer with 99 points from 80 games last season. He has one year left for his current deal, which reaches a very affordable $ 5.25 million limit. Speculation predicts his next deal will fall within AAV’s $ 8.5 million range for at least 5 years.

Honestly, it’s not a contract that Rangers will be able to make in 2023-24 considering they will have to re-sign Alexis Lafrenière, K’Andre Miller and Filip Chytil. Which makes its acquisition a Cup or bust move type.

So, how much would it cost in assets to acquire Miller? Ultimately, that will hinge on market demand, which Dreger noted nearly every team in this year’s playoffs would pursue.

When talks were hot and heavy before the trade deadline, I felt a pack of Nils Lundkvist, Chytil and at least the first round pick could have done it. After trading for Andrew Copp and reaching the Eastern Conference Final, Rangers don’t have a first rounder in this year’s draft.

Of course, a first-round pick in 2023 could be good for the Canucks should they catch up with Nils Lundkvist and another potential customer. Taking me to the pending RFA, Kaapo Kakko because he is the player that Vancouver will ask for.

Would a package of Kakko and Lundkvist, without a first round pick, make sense for Rangers who believe they can win the Cup next season? What if the Canucks were also willing to withhold 50% of Miller’s salary? This would also give Drury a chance to re-sign Frank Vatrano and Tyler Motte.

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December 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, United States; Vancouver downtown Canucks JT Miller (9) reacts against the LA Kings in the third period at the Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a tough question to answer, and if I’m Chris Drury, I’ll be looking for other ways to acquire Miller without giving up on Kakko at this stage in his career. Most importantly, if you’re going to let Miller walk.

Unfortunately, Vitali Kravtsov is unable to move the needle for the Canucks. Brennan Othmann is out of the game and I don’t think Will Cuylle will be able to do that.

Eventually, all signs point to re-signing Copp or Strome. However, if both players have been pushing for more than 5 years, $ 6 million, and full no-trade clauses, it could force Drury’s hand to satisfy his need for a 2C.

Depending on where the market is, Miller might make sense as long as Kakko isn’t in the deal.

Note: JT Miller was used as a winger but can also play as a center. His chemical potential with Artemi Panarin and the ability to be effective in that position is an important consideration.

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