Don’t fear the big trade when the Canucks take the next step

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Far be it from me to guard the doors of the fans.

Everyone is invited to the barn of sports fandom – you can be a fan however you see fit.

So what I’m going to say is not about the expulsion from the club. It’s a curiosity.

How do some fans not understand, or care, that the big picture matters?

And where I’m coming from is the fear of the big trade, which is probably coming for the Vancouver Canucks.

People, it happens. Be ready. The odds that JT Miller, Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser will all be on this team moving forward, to me, are slim to nil.

And it’s really about math and demographics and depth.

The salary cap exists – that’s the math part. You cannot pay market value for a bunch of stars as they bloom.

Demographics mean that as players age, you should be wary of paying them as if they were in their prime, when you’re not getting the same results.

And then there is the depth. If you have seven decent attackers, but really only one defender, you should probably try to balance that out.

So these Miller rumors, like the Boeser rumors before them, are not rumors. Trade returns may be the “rumor” part, but internal discussions about trading these players? It is a fact.

And that doesn’t mean the franchise hates you and doesn’t hate that player either. That doesn’t mean the reporters reporting it hate you or the team.

It means the Canucks are doing their job looking at the big picture and the reality of their situation.

On the contrary, as long as it is not a matter of starting a reconstruction, the exchange of a marquee player from an organization often signals the next stage in the evolution of a team.

Matt Duchene in Colorado. Seth Jones in Nashville. Dougie Hamilton in Calgary. It goes on and on. They are great players, but they were traded for a reason.

And it’s certainly not to get on your nerves.

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