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Report: Trade interest in Vancouver Canucks forward JT Miller no surprise to his camp

A strong relationship between the Vancouver Canucks and J.T. Miller could be inching towards a close.

Earlier this week, TSN’s Darren Dreger said it was “open season for the Vancouver Canucks,” and that Miller was one of the players garnering a strong market.

And according to Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, the news is no surprise to his camp.

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With a cap hit of just $5.25-million and a year left on his contract, Miller’s an incredibly valuable asset. He had a breakout with with the Canucks this season scoring career highs in goals (32), assists (67) and points with 99.

Long-term contract talks between the Canucks and Miller are expected to hit snags with term being the main issue. But in the trade market, a player like Miller who could immediately bolster a team’s top-six has immense value.

“I’ve heard [Nazem] Kadri’s name connected to the Capitals, I’ve heard Miller’s name connected to the Capitals,” said Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during a Tuesday appearance on Donnie and Dhali – The Team.

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]