MAJOR | The reason why the J.T. Miller trade to Pittsburgh fell through has been revealed

Published May 24, 2023 at 1:26 PM

In the weeks leading up to the National Hockey League's trade deadline in early March, rumours were running rampant regarding a potential J.T. Miller trade, with the Pittsburgh Penguins in hot pursuit of the 30-year-old forward.

At times, it felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Miller was going to be a Penguin by the time 3 p.m. ET came on Friday, March 3rd, but he remained with the Vancouver Canucks.

Now we know why a potential trade between Vancouver and Pittsburgh fell through and it was because the Penguins didn't want to include Jason Zucker in the three-team deal.

Rob Rossi of The Athletic added that trading Zucker would have been a non-starter for Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan and that Fenway Sports Group wasn't keen on taking on Miller's contract extension, which kicks in next season at $8 million AAV for seven years.

"Hextall flirted with the idea of adding Vancouver forward J.T. Miller, a Pittsburgh-area native who recorded 99 points the previous season, in a three-team trade, but the Penguins would have lost Jason Zucker in the deal — a non-starter for an infuriated Sullivan and a move that would've clashed with FSG's judgment that it couldn't justify Miller's massive contract extension from a business perspective."

Instead of finalizing a trade for Miller, the Penguins turned their attention elsewhere and eventually swung a deal with Nashville Predators two days before the deadline for Mikael Granlund. Granlund's impact on the Penguins was very minimal, only putting up five points in 21 games.

Source: The Athletic
May 24   |   444 answers
MAJOR | The reason why the J.T. Miller trade to Pittsburgh fell through has been revealed

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