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Markstrom named AHL player of the week

Dec 10, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

Jacob Markstrom AP

Florida prospect Jacob Markstrom has been named the AHL’s player of the week after the 22-year-old goalie went 4-0-0 for the San Antonio Rampage with a 1.75 goals-against average and .949 save percentage.

Markstrom has spent most of his pro career in the AHL. He did, however, make six starts last season with the Panthers, going 2-4-0 with an impressive .923 SV%.

Markstrom is also the main reason people have wondered why Florida would want to acquire Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. (Granted those rumors have died down considerably and been replaced with Luongo-to-Toronto speculation.)

  1. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Because it made sense as long as you’re not giving up an major prospects.
    Absolutely nothing wrong with trading for Strombone to simply play him 50 games while giving a rookie 30 games. Then trade Lou away. But that was for this year, and there obviously won’t be a season.

    No way did Tallon plan on starting Markstrom in 50 NHL games this year. Bobby Lou woulda provided that band-aid he needed for a season.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      You’re quite right. Tallon planned on starting Jose Theodore in 50 NHL games this year. What the hell would he do with two first-strings? I mean, Luongo’s signed for like nine more years. Theodore’s down for what, one? Luongo’s not a bandaid, he’s a high cap hit a decade long. Theodore’s the bandaid, and Tallon’s already got him.

      • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Are you comparing Theodore to Luongo?
        I find the blind fool hate of Luongo funny. He’s MILES ahead of Theodore.
        Secondly, you don’t think he’s tradeable? He’s easily tradeable as long as you’re not looking for much in return.

      • danphipps01 - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        Not in terms of skill, no. But Theodore is the much better business decision. Luongo, like I said, is signed for a hugely long term. Markstrom’s two years or less from starterdom. If Tallon got Luongo, he’d just have a logjam in net the same as Vancouver within a couple years – and then he’d have to trade a goalie again.

        Basically, why give up assets for a Luongo you’re barely going to use when you’ve already got a Theodore who’s (judging from their conference champion finish last year) clearly good enough to play the next year or two? What you’re not understanding is that they don’t WANT the absolute best goalie available on the market right now – they want to leave room for their prospect.

  2. rdurk86 - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    The tire pumping market in Florida is plummeting.

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