Four days between Vancouver Canucks games is enough to send this market into a tizzy.
At least, that’s the case when trade speculation around J.T. Miller is at an all-time high.
After seeing Tyler Toffoli traded for a hefty package earlier this week, it’s hard not to think about the potential return the Canucks could snag if they choose to deal Miller.
However, it’s hard not to fault Jim Rutherford too much when he says there’s “no urgency” to make trades.
“We’re in a position that we don’t have to feel any pressure this year because we don’t have top players where they’re going to be UFAs,” Rutherford told Scott Burnside of Daily Faceoff. “So there’s no urgency here to make those kinds of decisions.”
“Our decisions will be made step by step as to what we think is best for the franchise now and in the future.”
While there isn’t massive urgency — the Canucks aren’t a bottom-feeding seller — there is a bit of a ticking clock if this management team is thinking of trading Miller.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post went on a bit of a biased Twitter rant about how a package of defencemen Nils Lundkvist and third-line centre Filip Chytil would comprise a good return for Miller.
3/Me, I think if Drury has prioritized Miller, then Lundkvist and Chytil comprise a pretty good return.— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 14, 2022
While he’s way off on that, he is right about one thing.
Miller’s value is at an all-time high right now. Once the March 21st trade deadline passes, and he became a pure one-season rental, his value will diminish.
- Brandon Sutter isn’t likely to return this season, and his career is likely over. [Daily Hive]
- The Canucks will return to full capacity, starting on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. Vaccine passports and masks are still required. [Sportsnet]
- Quinn Hughes will re-join the Canucks on Thursday after missing the last three games due to COVID-19 protocol. [TSN]
- Canucks prospect Lucas Forsell just signed a two-year extension with his hometown SHL club. [Canucks Army]
Forsell was a seventh-round selection by the Canucks in last year’s draft. He was also one of the youngest players in the draft, missing the 2022 draft cutoff by 10 days.
The slight winger has been lighting up the J20 circuit this year, and the 20 games he’s played in the SHL this season (2-1-3) is an impressive feat for an 18-year-old.
- A look at all of the Canucks prospects' recent production, including how Linus Karlsson has a chance to break Elias Pettersson’s SHL rookie goal record. [The Province]
- Juho Lammikko might be a keeper on the Canucks roster. [The Province]
- Kyle Burroughs is defying the odds on the Canucks blueline. [Sportsnet]
In Other News
- Big night in Olympic hockey as Canada and the USA play for gold in women’s hockey. Puck drop is 8:10 pm Pacific Time.
Our SB Nation colleagues have you covered with the preview. [The Ice Garden]
- As of writing, the Canada is beginning their contest against Sweden in the men’s hockey quarterfinals. Kent has you covered there. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Slovakia pulled off the upset in the men’s ice hockey quarterfinals, defeating USA in a shootout. [The Guardian]
- One of Slovakia’s stars is Juraj Slafkosvky, who’s a draft-eligible player this year. He’s projected right now to be a top-10 pick. [The Hockey News]
- Sidney Crosby scored his 500th NHL goal last night. [NHL]
- Four pretty compelling games on the schedule tonight in the NHL.
- Geographic rivals Minnesota and Winnipeg battle. Winnipeg is two points behind the Canucks with three games in hand.
- Florida and Carolina play in the battle of teams who are second and third overall respectively in the NHL in terms of points percentage.
- Anaheim and Calgary faceoff in Tyler Toffoli’s second game with the Flames. He scored in his debut last night.
- Finally, Jack Eichel makes his debut tonight against Colorado for the Vegas Golden Knights.