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J.T. MILLER SAYS HE SEES TENSION COMING BETWEEN HE AND THE CANUCKS' FANBASE

AUG 13, 2022  (10H35)      MIKE ARMENTI
Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller is not under any false pretenses when it comes to the upcoming season. He knows that while contract extension negotiations have been ongoing, Canucks fans have been waiting with baited breath for an announcement that Miller has extended. The more time that passes, the more likely it's becoming that he'll be on the move instead of putting pen to paper in Vancouver, and he knows that fans' patience is running thin.

During a recent appearance on the Dropping Gloves Podcast, Miller said he was fully aware of the expectations that the fans have of him, especially with his contract demands being so high. He knows that he'll need to produce early and often to avoid being ostracized.

If I don't score in the first game of the year, they're going to want to light my jersey on fire

-J.T. Miller on feeling the need to come out hot at the start of the season


Miller is entering the final year of his current 5-year deal, which carries a $5.25M AAV and is expecting a LARGE pay increase on his next deal, expected to also be a long-term deal. The problem for the Canucks is that Miller is 29 years old and will be 30 before the season is finished. The Canucks are hesitant to pay him $8.5M+ when he'll likely be 37 or 38 by the time his deal ends.
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