J.T. MILLER MOVED TO VANCOUVER
The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a third-round draft pick in 2019 (No. 71 overall), a conditional first-round draft pick in 2020 and goaltender Marek Mazanec.
What does it give the Vancouver Canucks
In Miller, the Canucks land a versatile, complementary forward who should work well with young stars Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser. Signed for four more seasons ($5.25 million cap hit), Miller cost Vancouver a lot but he should make an impact on the Canucks. His playing time figures to increase, as should his responsibilities in Vancouver.
What does it give the Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning were looking to shed salary in order to re-sign key restricted free agents such as Brayden Point. GM Julien BriseBois was able to get that done and then some. Tampa Bay will receive Vancouver's first-rounder in '20 if the Canucks make the playoffs in 2019-20. Otherwise, the Bolts will receive Vancouver's 2021 first.
Look for Miller to receive more playing time in a more important role in Vancouver, so his fantasy stock should shoot back up in 2019-20. His arrival also helps both Pettersson and Boeser, among other Canucks. Mazanec was just added to this trade to alleviate Vancouver's reserve list. He is a non-factor.