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Canucks: JT Miller loves Vancouver, never asked for trade, agent says

By on May 24, 2021 0

“JT loved Vancouver and we never discussed his desire to go out. It looks like someone just made up a meme with a totally bogus quote, and then JT was able to quickly set the record straight. No fire at all for fake smoke! – Brian Bartlett, agent of JT Miller

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JT Miller is happy where he is, his agent says.

There were various suggestions on sports talk radio and among the types of media on Twitter that some Vancouver Canucks might be asking for trades after it became clear the team was not going to make any major changes to their team. front office.

There was also a Tweet with a fake quote from Miller about the Canucks struggles which also gained traction.

Elliotte Friedman, an NHL insider spoke about it during a Hockey Night in Canada segment on Saturday: “I contacted the source today and here is JT Miller’s exact comment: ‘No, he doesn’t want to be traded. He doesn’t want to leave. He wants to become a Vancouver Canuck. He has no intention of leaving. We have a good team here and he wants to be part of it.

Brian Bartlett, who is Agent Miller, reiterated the thoughts in a text message Monday morning.

“I don’t even know how it turned into a story,” Bartlett replied. “JT loved Vancouver and we never discussed his desire to go out. It looks like someone just made up a meme with a totally bogus quote, then JT was able to quickly set the recordlaw. No fire at all for fake smoke!

Miller, 28, arrived at the Canucks on June 22, 2019 as part of a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL Draft at Rogers Arena.

The package that Vancouver returned to Tampa Bay included a conditional first-round pick, who became Shakir Mukhamadullin, a Russian defenseman. The New Jersey Devils picked him 20th overall in 2020 after receiving the first-round pick from the Tampa Bay Canucks in a deal with forward Blake Coleman.

Miller has two more years on a five-year deal he signed with Tampa Bay that allowed him to hit a cap of US $ 5.25 million. He and captain Bo Horvat will become unrestricted free agents after the 2022-23 season.

GM Jim Benning’s most pressing contract issues are signing center Elias Pettersson and defenseman Quinn Hughes as they will both be restricted free agents with their entry-level contracts expiring.

This is in addition to the triage of head coach Travis Green’s assistants, including goalie coach Ian Clark. Vancouver signed Green for a two-year extension on Friday.

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Miller wasn’t as good this season as he was in 2019-20, but there are several Canucks you could tell that about. He took the heat in the press for freebies. There were mentions of the frustration he sometimes had.

In the 56-game regular season, Miller (15-31-46) still finished second for the Canucks ahead of Brock Boeser (23-26-49) and he was third (20:58 per game) in ice time, finishing behind only Hughes (22:48) and Tyler Myers (22:05).

Miller was seventh in the NHL among ice time forwards in the regular season. The list of players who finished ahead of him in this category reads like a list of all-star players: Mitch Marner, Patrick Kane, Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Anze Kopitar.

Miller showed chemistry playing on the left side with Pettersson and Brock Boeser in his first season in Vancouver and the hope is that Pettersson is healthy and ready to go for 2021-22 after missing the last 30 games of this year due to a wrist injury. Miller scored 27 goals and 72 points – two career highs in his nine-year NHL career – in 69 regular-season games during the 2019-20 regular season.

Pettersson’s injury led to Green playing Miller at center, and the veteran said he felt comfortable there.

“It was just very difficult mentally. I’m happy with the way I did. But it brings a lot of frustration, ”Miller told media in his year-end Zoom availability about this season. “You obviously hear it (in empty arenas) and we’ve talked about it before. I wear my heart on my sleeve and it’s very different without fans in the stands when you have a tough game and you’re playing four out of six nights. It was very hard and trying and I hope we never have to go through it again.

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Miller was also the Canuck who spoke publicly on behalf of the players after the team went through their COVID-19 outbreak, saying it was “dangerous for a lot of players” for the team to resume action if quickly.

The quality of his comments is questionable. The NHL only postponed Vancouver’s first return leg for two days. Miller’s statement sparked considerable play around the NHL, however.

“It was frustrating that JT had to do it, but it just proved the kind of leader he is,” Canucks winger Antoine Roussel said in his year-end Zoom meeting with the media.

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