The Canucks and forward J.T. Miller came together in the last 48 hours to strike a deal for $56-million over seven years, according to Miller’s agent Brian Bartlett.
It’s another holiday special for Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin. Two months after signing winger Brock Boeser to a contract extension on Canada Day, the club starts the Labour Day weekend by announcing it has signed its first-line centre and top scorer.
The news initially broke via the club’s twitter account, the Canucks official website posted the news minutes later. The Fourth Period reported that the contract features a no-move clause for the first four years and a limited no-trade clause the last three.
“J.T. Miller is an impact player in this League and we are thrilled to have him re-signed with the Canucks long term,” said Allvin in a press release. “His production last season speaks for itself and his competitive drive provides a standard that our players can look up to. He will continue to be a key piece of this team for years to come.”
The team is planning a press availability for both management and Miller on Tuesday.
“The conscious decision on J.T.’s part was that ‘this is good, this can hopefully help build a contender here, help bring some Cups here, and if I leave a little bit on the table in a place that I love, that’s OK with me’,” Miller’s agent Bartlett told VHN on Friday afternoon. “It’s still an amount that’s nothing to sneeze at.”
Miller had the seventh best scoring season in team history in 2021-’22, establishing career highs in goals with 32, 67 assists, 99 points, power play points with 38 and shots on goal with 206. Miller also led the forward group in hits by a large margin with 172, the second most on the team behind defenceman Luke Schenn.
The news of the signing comes one day after the birth of Miller’s third child and first son, Owen Edward. Wife Natalie had the child on Thursday afternoon.