While there has been some speculation that the Canucks might move forward J.T. Miller before today’s deadline, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli suggests that’s unlikely to happen. A lot of teams would be needing some sort of salary retention to facilitate a move now but doing so would also require them to retain a similar percentage on his seven-year, $56MM extension that kicks in next season. That’s something Vancouver won’t want to do so there’s a good chance that the 29-year-old will be staying put today, even though he’s having a productive season with 20 goals and 34 assists in 60 games. It’s also worth noting that he’s listed as out week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
More from the Western Conference:
- When Andreas Athanasiou was signed to a one-year, $3MM deal by the Blackhawks in free agency, it seemed likely that he’d be getting moved by the trade deadline. However, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period indicates (Twitter link) that at the moment, the sense is that the winger will be sticking around. Athanasiou has 14 goals and eight assists in 60 games this season and it would likely take salary retention to get a deal done. Chicago does have one retained salary slot remaining.
- Sharks winger Noah Gregor told San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng that he has not requested a trade, denying a report from earlier this week. The 24-year-old has been a frequent scratch this season in San Jose, suiting up in 37 games where he has just four goals and two assists. Last season, Gregor had 23 points in 63 contests which earned him a one-year, $950K deal for 2022-23. He’s set to be a restricted free agent with arbitration eligibility this summer.