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Canucks GM says he could have traded Miller: report

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The Vancouver Canucks could have traded starting goalie Ryan Miller prior to the 2015 NHL Draft, but general manager Jim Benning chose to deal Eddie Lack instead.

"We could have moved Ryan Miller," Benning said at a meeting with Canucks season-ticket holders, according to The Province. "There were teams calling on Ryan Miller."

Benning, who didn't specify the interested teams, previously said the Canucks would trade either Lack or Jacob Markstrom in the offseason. Lack was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 27 for the 66th pick in the 2015 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2016.

Lack was 18-13-4 last season with a 2.45 goals-against average and .921 save percentage, and started 20 of the Canucks' final 23 regular-season games after Miller sustained a knee injury. Miller was 29-15-1 with a 2.53 GAA, .911 save percentage and six shutouts.

"People may say that a third-round pick, albeit 66th, which is a high third, wasn't enough, but that's what the market was," Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said June 27. "That's what teams, 29 of them, were willing to do.

"We feel we're going to have real good goaltending next year, with Ryan and Jacob. [Markstrom's] a player that's young (25) and needs some time, and we're going to give him that."

Linden, who was also on hand Thursday, said the Canucks have been trying to trade forward Chris Higgins, but haven't found anyone willing to take on his contract. He has two years at $2.5 million each remaining on a four-year contract.

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