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.