NHL Rumors: J.T. Miller says ‘I don’t think I’m getting traded’, and Flyers extend Ristolainen

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Mar 9, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller (9) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens in the third period at Rogers Arena. Canucks won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s NHL Rumors focuses on Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller and how his name is plummeting like a boulder down everyone’s trade bait list.

Plus, you can take another potential trade candidate off the board as the Philadelphia Flyers have extended Rasmus Ristolainen.

NHL Rumors: J.T. Miller didn’t even bother looking into the speculation

On Wednesday, before J.T. Miller potted a goal and three assists to extend his point streak to 10 games as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens 5-3, he spoke to the press.

The topic of conversation was the rampant trade speculation involving his name.

“They’re all rumors to begin with,” Miller said. “I don’t think I’m getting traded. I never thought I was getting traded. Everybody is speculating, so I never even looked into that (Vancouver) were trying to trade me to begin with.”

Last night, Miller tied his career high for points, logging four for the fifth time overall and the third time this season. He now has seven goals and 14 assists during his current scoring streak to add to his incredible season totals (56 GP, 23G – 44A, 67 PTS).

Miller was listed at 17 in our latest NHL Trade Bait Tracker after falling out from the top 10 the week before. You can expect his name to slip even further down on the next update.

Flyers extend Rasmus Ristolainen

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Mar 5, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (70) gets into an altercation with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) in the second period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Leff-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres acquired a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (14th overall), a second-round pick in 2023 and defenseman Robert Hagg from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen back in July.

“We are extremely happy to add Rasmus to our blue line,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “He is a 26-year-old, right shot defenseman who will immediately add grit to our team. His size (6-foot-4, 221 pounds), mobility and physicality will make him an important piece to our group going forward.”

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On Thursday, the Flyers extended Ristolainen and kept him from hitting unrestricted feee agency this summer. The deal is for 5 years with an AAV of $5.1 million.