Brandon Cohen: J.T. Miller and Nick Holden for Mikael Backlund
Am I sure the Flames would take this? No. Do I think the Rangers would do this? Maybe. Is Mikael Backlund a more valuable player than J.T. Miller? It appears so. Am I asking myself questions to distract myself from the fact that I suggested trading Miller? Absolutely.
This is not an attempt to move Miller. Instead, this is an attempt to acquire a player who could be a crucial part of the Rangers’ present and future. Mikael Backlund’s numbers are tremendous, and the Calgary Flames already boast Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan down the middle. By no means is he expendable, but perhaps he could be moved for the right price.
J.T. Miller, an up and coming winger who could perhaps play center if needed, and Nick Holden, a defenseman who likely has value to other teams, could get the job done. If not, perhaps a mid round draft pick goes the other way as well.