Colorado Avalanche Rumors: Considering Erik Johnson as Trade Bait

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J.T. Miller

Now, let me just say something first.

I believe it is highly unlikely the New York Rangers consider any deal involving J.T. Miller; however, if the Avs can find a way to pry him from the blueshirts, then I am all for that deal.

Miller is a real good player, and he is only getting better. He is currently on pace to shatter his previous career high of 43 points — set last season — with 58 points this season.

He’s a feisty two-way forward as well, he creates chances on the forecheck, and is not afraid to use his body. And, he’s only 23 years old, so he’s got a lot of room to grow, and he would fit in nicely with the future plans for the Avs.

However, as I said, I believe it’s extremely unlikely the Rangers consider a deal involving Miller. Don’t get me wrong, the Rangers could certainly use a player like Erik Johnson on their roster.

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They are by no means stocked with defensemen. However, Nick Holden is having a phenomenal year with the Rangers right now, playing top-2 minutes alongside Ryan McDonagh.

And the Rangers have no problem scoring goals. Nonetheless, if they want to win it all this season, then they should invest in a steady defenseman on the right side of the ice.

Once the playoffs come, things change, teams become more defensively sound, and the competition becomes much more difficult. The Rangers might want to shore up their defense before the playoffs, and if they target EJ, the Avs should target Miller.

Let’s move on to the most likely trade out of them all.