Tampa Bay Lightning Trade JT Miller To Vancouver Canucks

JT Miller
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 14: Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to skate the puck past J.T. Miller #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 14, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 3-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to trade forward JT Miller to the Vancouver Canucks. The Lightning get a conditional 2020 first round pick, a third-round pick in 2019, and goaltender Marek Mazanec. The condition for the 2020 first round pick is if the Canucks don’t make the 2020 playoffs then it becomes a 2021 first round pick.

Lightning Trade JT Miller to Canucks

The Lightning completed a trade Saturday, June 22nd with the Canucks. The Lightning acquires a conditional 2020 first, a 2019 third, and Marek Mazanec in exchange for JT Miller.

Key Players

In JT Miller, the Canucks get a fast, skilled forward. This season, he scored 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points, adding 30 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 53.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 2.9. Those totals are slightly worse compared to last season, where he scored 23 goals, 35 assists for 58 points. While he stepped back in the goals category this season, he maintained similar points per game to last season while averaging three fewer minutes a night. Over his 7-year NHL career Miller has played for the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that time, he has 95 goals and 142 assists for 237 career points in 435 career games. He was originally drafted in the 1st round, 15th overall of the 2011 NHL draft by the Rangers.

What This Means for the Future

The Canucks get a skilled forward that can play with Elias Pettersson while he is still cheap on his ELC. Miller is locked up for 4 more seasons to a 5.25 AAV. The Lightning get cap relief to help them try to sign Brayden Point to a contract extension, who just finished up his ELC.

While Miller didn’t produce as he did in the 2017-18 season, he still had a productive year while being utilized less. In Vancouver, he could be playing with players like Elias Pettersson or Brock Boeser which will help him get more minutes and play with productive forwards.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Canucks provided cap relief for a good forward but it should they should not have included a first for JT. Miller has never put up huge numbers and he cost a 1st and a 3rd? Hmmmmm.

  2. JB is turning into Chiarelli. It’s come down to desperate pain driven deals. And he’s getting taken to the cleaners by a team in cap pain!! Toronto gives up a first to get out of cap hell with Marleau. And the Canucks give up a first, third and prospect to get a cap crunched team out of a serious pinch. And the Canucks have now added another guy they need to protect at the expansion draft so now they’ll lose an even better player then they would now. I could see them paying the price they did for a good defensemen but giving up all these prospects for a 26 year old three time 20 goal scorer? What happened to “hockey trades only”??

  3. Nobody knows what Benning has up his sleeve; could be there was an “understanding” that Van did Tampa a favor, and there’s a future favor owing to Van. (so many commenters are short-sighted).
    but Miller is a good size at 218 lbs. for an under-sized team.

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