Vancouver Canucks Have Goalie Conundrum

Vancouver Canucks Have Goalie Conundrum
Ian Gooding
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The Vancouver Canucks are a team in a salary cap conundrum. With only $3.2 million in cap space, the Canucks have only 17 players currently under contract. Of those 17 players, eight are currently over the age of 30. This is mainly the work of former GM Mike Gillis, who promised numerous core players long-term job security in return for a commitment to stay in Vancouver beyond the team’s President’s Trophy era.

But there is one contract that can be blamed on new GM Jim Benning. That one is the three-year, $18 million contract signed by Ryan Miller last summer. Miller brought a known quantity in net to an organization that had parted ways with both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo in the previous 12 months.

With the cap ceiling not increasing (ironically, the weak Canadian dollar a factor), the Canucks are now saddled with the Miller contract. What makes things more difficult is the fact that the stock of both Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom increased last season. After a groin injury in February sidelined Miller for the rest of the regular season, Lack led the Canucks into the playoffs as the Pacific Division’s second seed. Meanwhile, Markstrom had a stellar AHL season, posting a .934 save percentage during the regular season and leading the Utica Comets to the Calder Cup Final.

So which goalie will be the odd man out? Let’s examine the probability of each of Miller, Lack, and Markstrom being traded during the offseason.

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  • bob long

    Sure, what a “conundrum”, 1 of 2 good backups to trade in a market that needs backups. When will the lazy media stop with the “goalie controversy” stories in Vancouver. Its dull.

  • Ian Gooding

    The goalies in question now certainly aren’t as skilled as Luongo/Schneider. But it’s an important decision anyway. I think if the media here is overrating anything, it’s Lack’s skill level. He’s being given a little too much credit because of his affable personality.

  • bhglennie

    Keep granpa Miller and get rid of Lack to make the team younger??
    What does Miller have on Benning from their Sabres days?

Ian Gooding

Ian Gooding was brought in to provide FanRag Sports and Todays Slapshot with some Canadian content. But instead of carrying on about the virtues of Tim Hortons, he’ll be (mainly) focusing on what you need to know about fantasy hockey. On a more serious note, Ian was the content manager for for four years and has also written for Kukla’s Korner.

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