GT Miller On Friday it agreed to extend a $56 million seven-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Its average annual value is $8 million.
The 29-year-old striker has one season left on a five-year contract worth $26.25 million ($5.25 million average annual value) and signed with Tampa Bay Lightning on June 26, 2018. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after that season. .
“So lucky and lucky, so happy. It’s been a great week for my family,” Miller Canucks website said Saturday. “I try to absorb everything, enjoy it. I am really looking forward to starting a new chapter in Vancouver.”
Miller had a career high in the National Hockey League in goals (32), assists (67), points (99), strengths (38) and shots on target (206) in 80 games with the Canucks last season. In three seasons with Vancouver, Miller has 217 points (74 goals, 143 assists) in 202 games. He was traded to the Canucks by Lightning on June 22, 2019 to goalkeeper Marek Mazanek, a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
“GT Miller is an influential player in this league and we are delighted to re-sign him with the Canucks for the long term,” General Manager Patrick Alvin said. “His production last season speaks for itself and his competitive life provides a benchmark our players can look forward to. He will remain an essential part of this team for years to come.”
The Canucks (40-30-12) finished fifth in the Pacific League last season with five points behind the Nashville Predators for a second wild card in the Stanley Cup playoffs from the Western Conference. Miller said he has high hopes for what the Canucks can achieve this season.
“It’s a very easy decision to stay there, especially from a hockey standpoint,” Miller said. “We have a very good group of players and a good group of people, and I think when you put those together we can do some very special things. I think we’re just scratching the surface with our potential and … I think our expectations are to win the Stanley Cup. We want to play in the playoffs and compete for the Cup. Stanley”.
Selected by the New York Rangers with the 15th selection in the 2011 NHL Draft, Miller has 454 points (169 goals, 285 assists) in 637 regular season games for the Rangers, Lightning, and Canucks, and 44 points (nine goals, 35 assists) in 78 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Canucks coach Bruce Boudreaux said August 18 that he was preparing as if Miller would be with Vancouver when the regular season begins despite commercial rumors over his contract status.
“It’s Kanuk and the other things I can’t do anything about,” Boudreaux told SiriusXM NHL Network Radio. “So I entered it [my plans] And don’t worry about it. If something happens, I will adapt to this situation, but I think JT is our number one and a great hockey player and I’m glad he’s Kanuk.”
Boudreaux said it was not just Miller’s production but his good style that makes him an effective player.
“He just comes to play and is interested in winning,” Boudreaux said. “I remember as soon as I got to Vancouver, he told me all he cared about was winning and it was hard to find these guys….”