The Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks are emerging as trade partners and these conversations could lead us all to an absolute blockbuster deal between the two clubs. Vancouver is gauging the trade market on some of their best players as they look for ways to re-stock their cupboards with young talent, meanwhile the other club in Toronto has a refreshed trade deadline strategy that involves getting to work before the others and not just focusing on rentals this time around.
Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun from TSN recently mentioned on Insider Trading if any team is interested in Canucks forward J.T Miller, they will want to get their best offers in sooner than later. While it’s not a guarantee they move him, Vancouver’s management, led by president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford, are listening to offers for a number of reasons, some we’ll get into later. The Maple Leafs should be making a serious offer these next few weeks and if they put their best foot forward, the two clubs could provide fans with a blockbuster.
Miller’s Market Could Force a Trade From Canucks
The Canucks are listening to trade offers on their leading scoring for a number of reasons, and surely their fan base won’t agree with this entire list:
- Miller is the oldest of their core forwards and the organization has a decision to make if they feel he’s going to be a part of what they’re building in Vancouver. They have a brand new management trio who will want to construct their own championship team.
- The cupboards are bare in Vancouver as they don’t have a ton of depth in their pipeline. Moving their leading scorer would land them at least three assets for the future. Trading him now will result in the most return.
- The offers may be too good to pass up. Contending teams love Miller’s game and adding him to their top six could send them over the hump, so the Canucks should be expecting some mega-offers to roll in.
J.T Miller would be a perfect fit with the Toronto Maple Leafs
Miller has recorded 44 points in 41 games and is fresh off a hat trick in his last game. He’s an absolute gamer who loves to battle each and every night and is comprised of strength, skill, hard work and leadership qualities. The 28-year-old does not only lead his team in scoring, he leads their forward group in hits with 87 and he’s been a force in the faceoff circle, winning over 53 percent of his draws — certainly attributes that make him very appealing to other teams, including the Maple Leafs.