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New Canucks goalie Eriksson excited at opportunity

Jul 15, 2013, 12:20 PM EST

Joacim Eriksson

Assuming Canucks general manager Mike Gillis doesn’t actually need to convince Roberto Luongo to report to training camp, the battle for the backup job in Vancouver appears to be between a pair of young Swedish goalies, Eddie Lack and newly signed Joacim Eriksson.

Eriksson was in town last week for prospects camp, where he expressed his excitement for the opportunity.

“I hope the better goalie is going to play because I want to be as high up as possible,” he said, per The Province.

If Eriksson can perform like he did last season in Sweden, he should have a decent chance to stick with the Canucks. The 23-year-old went 21-9-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .931 save percentage while playing for Skelleftea of Sweden’s Elitserien in 2012-13. He then recorded a 1.06 GAA and .952 save percentage in helping Skelleftea win the Elitserien Championship.

Where he might be at a slight disadvantage is his contract, which is a two-way deal that pays him $925,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL.

Lack, on the other hand, will make $850,000 regardless of where he plays.

  1. dirtydog57 - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Let Luongo move on and bring on the new talent. Start fresh!!!

    • biasedhomer - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      They missed their chance to get rid of Luongo last seasons.
      Panthers would have taken him, but Canucks got greedy.

      • davebabychreturns - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        This is ridiculous.

        The Panthers would have taken him for nothing in all likelihood, and instead lost out on a chance to substantially improve their team for little in the way of serious assets (I’d guess their 4th or 5th best prospect, or a couple of non first round draft picks would have done it).

        Instead they sat on their hands and fans will now get to enjoy a full season of Markstrom and Clemmensen between the pipes.. (Markstrom may be great one day but based on last year it won’t be soon.) Let’s just say that when losing Jose Theodore is a major blow to your team, things are not looking good.

        As a Canucks fan I have no issue with the team giving the reigns to Luongo, he has at least three or four years left at the high level at which he’s always performed and will be a better option than most teams have for now. It’s a calculated risk dealing Cory Schneider but that’s not a slight on Luongo who will continue to be a better goaltender than the Panthers, Maple Leafs, Flyers and most other teams rumoured to be interested will have any time soon.

      • biasedhomer - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        The Canucks were asking for too much. They treated Luongo as if he were some sort of asset, not someone who was blocking their goalie of the future. Now they had to get rid of Cory, and are stuck with the aging Luongo.

      • davebabychreturns - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Yeah so I mean you didn’t refute anything I said. Dale Tallon (and Dave Nonis, and..) had a brilliant opportunity to improve his team at a minimal cost, and shot himself in the foot.

        Depending on whose hearsay and speculation you wish to believe, the Canucks were greedy with Luongo last offseason – depending on who else you wish to believe they couldn’t have traded him anyways as he only wanted to go to the Panthers, who as I said balked at picking up Luongo (a better player than anyone on their roster) for pennies on the dollar..

        But it’s pretty evident that the Canucks tried to accomodate Luongo’s wishes and couldn’t move him for a minimal return because a few GMs “got greedy” as you say.. their loss I guess as the team got pretty good value in return for Schneider and now have a blue chip young player in Horvat and the downgrade in goal is minimal.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Tallon/ Nonis/ Snow all had an opportunity to improve and decided to go with unproven or lesser players than Luongo. I would bet Luo outlasts all the goalies they have currently. Canucks management has it under control despite what the talking heads in Toronto might think or imply.

        Even if Luo for some reason doesn’t come back, there are options out there in Tim thomas and the Bryz.

        The Bryz wasn’t the problem with Philly last year and might do well with an actual defense in front of him.

        So even if Luo decides on some other option, the Canucks are still going to be okay. It’s not the end of the world or the season.

  2. hockey412 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    This guy looks bat-sh*t crazy…I bet he’ll be good.

  3. ray2013 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    .952 sv%? That’s pretty awesome.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    WHAT’S GOING ON HERE ?

    Here we are on July 15th and still no word from The Ministry of Truth (TEAM 1040) as to what’s going on with Bobby Loo? I mean seriously, how could this be happening? I know for a fact that it can’t have anything to do with his contract, because if you amortize the 38 million remaining over 76 years, why that’s just a paltry 500 K per … so what gives?

    blomfeld – Mar 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    There’s only one viable destination for the 64 million dollar Michelin Man and that’s the Sunshine State of Florida. Whether it’s Miami or Tampa Bay is immaterial. The bottom line remains that Luongo’s controller “desires” that he return to the state post haste. And now it looks like he may be able to finally do that, God willing. None of us can predict anything with certainty, however I wouldn’t be surprised if “something” is announced shortly.

    Besides the entertainment value of this self-made debacle, this is also another stark reminder of the sheer ‘stupidity’ in making ‘long-term’ deals over many years. So sorry all you Luongo Lovers as he is ‘not’ coming back. And therefore Eriksson and Lack are your starting goalies for the 2013-14 edition of the Vancouver Canucks.

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