Popular Post HKSR Posted January 18, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted January 18, 2022 Panthers acquire: JT Miller Canucks acquire: Anton Lundell Patric Hornqvist 2023 1st Round Pick (Panthers don't have a 1st in 2022) Why the Panthers do this: - they are clearly in WIN NOW mode. Lundell is great, but adding JT Miller gives them even more offensive punch up front, not to mention his leadership, gritty play, and most importantly his 53.5% Faceoff %. The Panthers only have ONE centre over 50% on the dot. - JT Miller gives the Panthers 2 solid runs at the Cup before Huberdeau's contract is due for a raise. - Moving Lundell also frees up space for Luostarinen to move into 3C which he is more than ready for, which in turn provides space to get Acciari back into the lineup once healed up (Acciari is 1 year removed from a 20 goal season and is also 50%+ on the faceoff dot). - JT Miller would likely extend with the Panthers for under $8M AAV simply due to the tax savings in that state. Keeping a prime JT Miller in their lineup for say $7M AAV would be huge. Why the Canucks do this: - Lundell has a very bright future ahead of him. Likely will be a solid 2C, so would not create any massive holes in the Canucks forward group. - Lundell is already on pace for 55pts and 21 goals this season as a 20 year old. - Hornqvist is a cap dump from the Panthers, but his contract ends at the same time as Miller which allows the Canucks to extend Boeser and keep the core together long term. - Hornqvist isn't all bad as he's typically a net front presence, which means no more Chiasson on PPs, he's also effective on a 4th line which means Motte could likely be moved. - 1st round pick is self explanatory... gives the Canucks two 1st round picks in 2023. 1 2 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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