Canucks, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Canadiens

Today’s NHL rumors are all about the Vancouver Canucks’ JT Miller. Is he traded? Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs have some work to do with their restricted free agents, and the Edmonton Oilers need to narrow down their possible future starting goaltender.

Finally, who will the Montreal Canadiens draft with the top draft pick? The decision has become more difficult as there is now another player at the top.

Canucks accept offers for Miller

JT Miller’s trade talk is increasing, according to several insiders, including Sportsnet’s Luke Fox. Fox says it is reported that the Vancouver Canucks are listening to offers and that teams are calling interested in trading the forward. He has one year left with $5.25 million but will likely sign an extension with a team at a hefty ticket price if traded.

JT Miller Vancouver Canucks
JT Miller, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

The Canucks are looking to bring young talent back into the deal and are hoping for an offer they really can’t say no to. As it stands, the Canucks camp and the Miller camp are not close in terms of an extension and that’s why the trade discussion has picked up steam. Jim Rutherford said in previous interviews that they wanted to sort out the Miller contract situation ahead of this year’s NHL draft, which is just over a week away.

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Fox wonders if the Maple Leafs will be aggressive and attack Miller. Youngsters the team could trade include defenders Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren (who have just signed an extension) and forward Nick Robertson.

In other Canucks news, according to Canucks Army’s Lachlan Irvine: CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal reported that the Canucks had early discussions with defense attorney Ethan Bear. The restricted free agent defenseman received permission from the Carolina Hurricanes to speak with other clubs.

What’s next for Maple Leafs?

Even if the Leafs aren’t after someone like Miller, they still have to decide what to do with a player like Justin Holl, writes The Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan. GM Kyle Dubas also has to negotiate new contracts with freelance RFA agents Rasmus Sandin, Pierre Engvall and Ondrej Kase.

Justin Holl Toronto Maple Leafs
Justin Holl, Toronto Maple Leafs (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Koshan writes:

As for the Defense Corps, we’re curious to see if Liljegren’s signing this summer will have any impact on Holl’s future with the Leafs. While the remaining year on Holl’s contract is rather affordable with a $2 million AAV, the signing of Sandin is crucial. And while Ilya Lyubushkin provided the necessary physical presence following his takeover from Arizona, it’s likely the right-shooting defender will go to the open market.

Source – ‘Two-year deal in the bag, Liljegren looking to improve his game physically with the Maple Leafs’ – Terry Koshan – Toronto Sun – 06/27/2022

Which goaltenders will the Oilers target?

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector writes that he believes Oilers general manager Ken Holland will target one of Ville Husso or Jack Campbell in the free agent market this summer. Spector says Marc-Andre Fleury has already ruled out the Oilers as an option, and believes Holland will choose a cheaper, less-proven goalie that in some ways describes both Husso and Campbell.

When asked which players the Oilers would need to cut to accommodate a goalie, Spector replied: Zack Kassian ($3.2 million), Warren Foegele ($2.75 million), and Tyson Barrie ($4.5 million). He said Jesse Puljujarvi could be in that conversation based on what he’s asking about or an extension could be in with the team.

Slafkovsky jumps to No. 1 in NHL draft rankings

While Bob McKenzie’s list doesn’t reflect every NHL team’s mindset, it’s a pretty good standard for where NHL clubs have ranked specific players in the NHL Entry Draft. With that in mind, TSN has a new number one pick in Bob McKenzie’s 2022 NHL draft rankings.

Juraj Slafkovsky has overtaken Shane Wright for the top spot after polls by active scouts suggested he has the better cover as an NHL player. Slafkovsky is an experienced 6’4″ winger who was tournament MVP at the Olympics and scored nine points in eight games at the World Championships. The Montreal Canadiens were already unsure who they would pick and the unsure of the top pick makes this a very interesting draft, especially as it’s taking place in Montreal.

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