Back in April, Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford said “we’ll know by the Draft” as to whether they’d be able to keep J.T. Miller in Vancouver for the long-term.As we close in on Round 1 on Thursday night, it appears the Canucks have their answer. According to sources, the Canucks met with Miller’s camp on Tuesday in Montreal and the two sides remain far apart on parameters for a potential contract extension.There has been no shortage of outside interest in Miller, which the Canucks have been fielding since even before GM Patrik Allvin was hired. Miller has racked up 217 points in 202 games in a Canucks uniform. The sense is the Ohio native would prefer to play in the United States. One of his previous clubs, the New York Rangers, has been bandied about as a possibility. The New Jersey Devils are believed to have interest, in addition to the Washington Capitals as a potential replacement for Nicklas Backstrom. Expect the return to be north of what Kevin Fiala brought back for Minnesota.
The JT Miller watch is full on in Montreal. Understandably, Vancouver’s ask remains high, but the interest in the talented forward is very strong. A developing story we’re watching closely.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 6, 2022
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