Cap-strapped Lightning ship J.T. Miller to Canucks

VANCOUVER — The Tampa Bay Lightning earned a little breathing room under the NHL salary cap by shipping forward J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Miller was moved for goalie Marek Mazanec, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft, and a conditional first-round pick in either 2020 or 2021.

He was signed through 2023 at a $5.25 million cap hit annually. The Lightning had just under $5.9 million in cap space before the deal.

Miller, 26, is a versatile player who plays all three forward spots. He scored 13 goals and 34 assists with Tampa last season, his second with the Lightning after being shipped there from the Rangers in 2018 in the Ryan McDonagh trade.

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The move opens up cap space for the Lightning, who have 17 players under contract for next season. The highest priority is to re-sign standout center Brayden Point this summer. Point, 23, is a restricted free agent coming off a season of 41 goals and 51 assists.

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