NHL listens to J.T. Miller’s warnings, opt to postpone tomorrow’s Canucks game

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Mar 13, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller (9) celebrates the Canucks victory against the Edmonton Oilers in the third period at Rogers Arena.Canucks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL took J.T. Miller’s concerns and calls for safety to heart. They have just announced tomorrow’s game against the Edmonton Oilers will be postponed. There is no word about Saturday’s contest against the Maple Leafs at this point.

J.T. Miller doesn’t hold back his concerns about coming back too soon

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Jan 28, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller (9) checks Ottawa Senators defenseman Braydon Coburn (55) in the third period at Rogers Arena. Vancouver won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks have not played in nearly three weeks. Players are still coming off the COVID list with some having experienced harsh symptoms due to the variant strain. According to Elliotte Friedman’s latest 31 Thoughts podcast, some players are unhappy with the media coverage of the situation but it sounds like many of them are concerned about coming back too soon.

J.T Miller voiced those concerns yesterday as they prepare to play tomorrow night after just one practice. “I don’t feel ready at all,” he said candidly and even used the word “dangerous” as they rush back to play. “Skating a couple of times my lungs are screaming,” he explained even though he did not get COVID. “I never thought I’d be in this scenario in my career – it’s not ideal but we have a job to do I guess.”

The frustration was evident as Miller spoke with the press via video conference. He called coming back challenging but also said he felt it was “not safe.” Elliotte Friedman noted last night that the return and schedule was agreed to by all parties which included the Canucks, Medical Experts, NHL and NHLPA.