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Nazem Kadri says he left money on the table to sign in Calgary, making signing JT Miller even harder for Canucks

It was always going to be tough for the Canucks to re-sign JT Miller, but it seems to have gotten even tougher.

After months of trade rumors and a trade offer reported by New York Rangers before the 2022 trade deadline, the Canucks declined; with president Jim Rutherford officially saying the Canucks “would have a pretty good idea of ​​where they are” with Miller — whether to re-sign him or move him — by the time the draft rolls around, nothing has happened.

As it stands, Miller will come to training camp on an expiring contract, and his agent recently suggested they may opt to end all contract negotiations once the season begins, blowing the odds that Miller re-signs to Vancouver from weak to essentially non-existent.

Now, this could obviously – almost probably – just be a way for Miller’s camp to get the Canucks to finally do something, but it’s not out of the question that the player informed his agent that “He didn’t want the distraction of ongoing contract negotiations while trying to focus on performance each night.

Some believe the two sides will reach some sort of resolution before that happens, but training camp is less than a month away and so far it’s been nothing but crickets.

Rutherford said after the draft that the Canucks would still like to sign Miller, but were certainly aware that it could prove difficult given what Miller could order on the open market after the upcoming season.

And that number — the number Miller could receive if he became a free agent — appears to have increased with the signing of Nazem Kadri in Calgary.

Kadri, who turns 32 in October, signed a seven-year contract worth $7 million a year with the Flames on August 18.

What kicked in, however, was when Kadri told reporters last week that he left money on the table to sign in Calgary, the place Kadri thought was his best chance of winning.

Kadri has generated great interest in the UFA market, with the New York Islanders expected to make Kadri their one and only UFA signing of the offseason.

With this contract, Kadri has cashed in big, and you can expect JT Miller and his camp to look to do the same.

Essentially, any hope Canucks fans had of signing Miller for less than six or seven years at a cap below $8 million is virtually non-existent now.

As we pointed out yesterdaythe Miller camp will almost certainly use more than $50 million over seven years as a starting point for his client, and he should have no problem getting it, especially when you see what Kadri just signed in Calgary, with d other teams eager to match and overtake.

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