Report: Canucks will not trade Ryan Miller on deadline day

Mar 2 2017, 12:55 am

At long last, the rebuild is in full flight for the Vancouver Canucks, who traded veterans Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen for some promising prospects on Monday and Tuesday.

The other player rumoured to be dealt before today’s trade deadline (12 pm PT) was goaltender Ryan Miller, but it appears we can take him off the watch list.

According to a report from Sportsnet’s John Shannon, the Canucks will not deal Miller before the deadline.

For now, we don’t know the reasoning behind choosing not to deal the 36-year-old, although it’s not hard to come up with theories.

Miller has had a strong season between the pipes for the Canucks this season, but he’ll turn 37 before next season. He’s also an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

That means that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

If the Canucks believe Miller has more gas in the tank, they could offer him a contract extension. That would explain not moving him.

Miller’s value in a trade is uncertain, as the goaltending market can be an underwhelming place.

Ben Bishop netted a low return from LA, a team believed to be on Miller’s list of teams he’s willing to be traded to, on Sunday. Miller has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he must submit a list of five teams he can be traded to.

If the other four teams on Miller’s list aren’t in the market for a goalie, then that makes the GM Jim Benning’s job simple.

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