This issue of Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors reveals details of a regular season trade offer for JT Miller from the New York Rangers. In addition, Jim Rutherford, the team’s President of Hockey Operations, comments on Miller’s and Captain Bo Horvat’s next deals. In addition, the Canucks sign prospect Linus Karlsson to an entry-level contract.
Proposed Miller-an-Rangers trade details revealed
With Miller set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022-23 season, the forward has been embroiled in trade rumors for some time. One of the teams rumored to be in talks to acquire the forward was the Rangers, the organization that selected him in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Sportsnet’s Satiar Shah announced that Rangers are offering Nils Lundkvist, a first-round pick, and Filip Chytil for Miller. He adds that there were some talks about Vitali Kravtsov in the deal, but it is certain that defense attorney Braden Schneider was not involved in the talks.
Lundkvist is a right-footed defender who stands at 5-foot-11, 187-pounds. He spent last season between the NHL and the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring one goal and recording four points in 25 games with the Rangers while scoring three goals and 15 points in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Chytil is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound center who is in his fifth NHL season. Last season he scored eight goals and scored 22 points in 67 games. Kravtsov is a 6-foot-3, 193-pound right winger who scored two goals and had four points in 20 games in the NHL in the 2020-21 season and played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) last season. He played 19 games for Chelyabinsk Traktor, scoring six goals and scoring 13 points in 19 games.
CanucksArmy notes that an anonymous league executive unaffiliated with the organization believes a fair return for the Canucks would include a potential top-pairing defenseman and a second-round pick along with Chytil and a first . The executive mentions Schneider as the defender that Rangers would need to add. Schneider plays in the Rangers’ third pairing and could be an excellent D-partner for Quinn Hughes. He is 6ft 2, weighs 202lbs and by the age of 20 has shown the potential to be a top 4 defenseman in the NHL.
Rutherford on the signing of Horvat and Miller
Despite trade rumours Rutherford said the goal is to re-sign Miller when he joined Donnie and Dhali on Friday. He added Miller still has a lot of good hockey left, but the team is in a tough space in terms of cap and that’s what they need to work on first. However, the club has a projected cap hit number for Miller. As for Horvat, Rutherford believes The captain should be part of the team going forward as the two sides have had good talks since the end of the season. The difference in the way the president spoke about the two forwards says something about the likelihood of the two returning. Rutherford is making it look like a Miller deal will be difficult, likely due to a potentially high hit count, while Horvat may face a pay cut.
Karlsson signs, Kuzmenko decides in mid-June
In addition to freeing up the cap spot, the Canucks also want to add young players to their roster. You signed Linus Karlsson to an entry-level contract on Thursday. He’s a 6-foot-1, 178-pound forward who is likely to play for the Abbotsford Canucks next season.
“We are delighted to officially welcome Linus to Vancouver,” said General Manager Patrik Allvin. “He’s a good goalscorer playing a solid two-way game and he’s had an impressive rookie season in Sweden. We look forward to seeing him develop his game in North America.”
Karlsson was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft before being traded to the Canucks for Jonathan Dahlen in 2019. He was named Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Hockey League where he finished third in goals, 26th and ninth in points with 46 in 52 games with Sfelleftea AIK.
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That Canucks are interested in landing Andrei Kuzmenko, a young veteran player who shares a common interest in the club. The veteran KHL forward will make a decision in mid-June, reports Rick Dhaliwal. The Canucks made Kuzmenko’s shortlist earlier this month.
Canucks make changes to coaching staff
The Canucks announced they made changes behind the bench on Sunday. Assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Jason King will return, while Scott Walker, Kyle Gustafson and video coach Darryl Seward will not be there.
“We want to thank Scott, Kyle and Darryl for their hard work and contribution to the organization during their tenure at Canucks,” Allvin said. “We are happy with our current coaching staff and look forward to building on the momentum they built last year.”
The team confirmed head coach Bruce Boudreau will also return later this month for the 2022-23 season. The coaching staff helped turn the team’s season around after a difficult start, allowing the group to play meaningful games late in the season.
Mattias Ohlund inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame
Former Canucks defenseman Matthias Ohlund will be inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame July 22 (by “Key Canuck’s mentor Mattias Ohlund, an influential figure recognized by the BC Hockey Hall of Fame,” The province, May 25, 2022). Ohlund will join former NHL defenseman Eric Brewer, NHL official Jay Sahrries and the late junior hockey player Ray Stonehouse, a 2012 junior A national hockey champion with the Penticton Vees. 2002 Memorial Cup winner with the Kootney Ice in the Class of 2020 postponed due to COVID-19.
“Great guy Ollie, absolutely my favorite Canucks D-Man,” said former Canucks head coach Marc Crawford. “He fought with the best of them and was absolutely a well-liked teammate of so many. We became a team while he was recovering from his eye injury.
Ohlund spent 11 seasons with the Canucks, scoring 325 points in 770 games. In December 2016, he was inducted into the Canucks’ ring of honor.
Sartaaj has been watching hockey for over 15 years and reporting on the Vancouver Canucks for The Hockey Writers.