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More Canucks goalie drama? Ryan Miller gets a call

Jun 25, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have a new look in the front office, yet it’s possible that the franchise might continue to produce headlines with goaltending drama.

Vancouver’s News 1130 Sports reports that the team called pending UFA Ryan Miller‘s agent on Wednesday (in addition to Dave Bolland, as noted earlier). News 1130 Sports also reports that Miller wouldn’t have any issues playing in Vancouver, so there’s a chance that there can be a match.

That report was backed up by CTV’s Kelcey Brade:

Do note that this hasn’t been confirmed by the team or Miller’s agent, yet it doesn’t seem outlandish to imagine something working out between the Canucks and the 33-year-old goalie.

While Vancouver has two goalies under contract at the NHL level next season, Miller is far more experienced than either netminder. Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom have 88 career regular season games played between them while Miller has played in 559 (not to mention his playoff experience, the 2010 Olympic silver medal and a Vezina).

Lack makes $1.15 million for the next two seasons while Markstrom will be a RFA after he finishes out a deal that carries a $1.2 million cap hit in 2014-15. There’s no telling how far the Canucks and Miller even got in potential contract talks, yet at those cap hits, it wouldn’t be difficult for Vancouver to move one of Lack or Markstrom if necessary.

Again, a lot can change between today and July 1, let alone once deals can start to become official between free agents and new teams. Even so, such a storyline has to feel uncomfortably familiar for many Canucks fans … although perhaps the franchise could gain some much-needed stability in the end?

  1. hotlanta57 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Can not think of a better fit. He would be as far from Lucic as possible.

  2. mcphillthy - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    As a Philly fan I know what you’re going thru…. But the blitz is on Vancouver now!
    Thank you, Steve mason!

    • mcphillthy - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Oh yeah!!

  3. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Once upon a time, the Canucks had Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider and the 2010-11 Jennings Trophy.

    Just saying, Mike Gillis was an impressively terrible GM for managing to ruin such a stacked organization in less than two years flat.

  4. eng201igorsukh - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Ryan Miller? Really? Better be rumors. He’s not the same goalie he used to be (i.e. 2010). Average at best, if not always that way. Maybe if he stopped being such an ass and stopped whining about his teammates and coaches between the lines, then maybe he would have been a great goalie. Not even close to Hasek’s level.

    • ngsm31 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Not the same goalie as he used to be? Ya I’ll go with that. However, you have to ask yourself this question:

      Is he better than Eddie Lack?

      • imleftcoast - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        He’s not. The Vancouver media is just stirring the pot to sell papers and radio ads.

      • ikillchicken - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        “Is he better than Eddie Lack?”

        Right now? I’m gonna say yeah, probably. Despite a pretty brutal recent run Miller is still a pretty good goalie. And despite a strong start Lack definitely still has some growing to do. He looked pretty bad after Luongo was dealt even if the defense in front of him was an absolute joke.

        But a couple years from now, which is realistically the soonest the Canucks could be a contender again? Miller is only going to continue to decline and I think Lack has a very bright future. Lack may well be the better goalie by then. In fact, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t.

        That’s why I think signing Miller to a big, long term contract would ultimately be a mistake. Might help a bit in the short term but the smart play is to let lack develop. If he’d take a 2 yr deal and be happy playing 50 games a year alongside Lack then maybe. But I don’t see that as remotely plausible. So forget it. Give Lack another year or two. If he’s still not getting it done, maybe then you move on an established goalie (although hopefully someone a bit younger).

  5. 950003cups - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Better off with Brodeur than Millet.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:07 AM

      I doubt it. Marty is too old now to be a cary the load 55 or so starts per year now. He really should consider hanging the skates up. He could be a nursemaid for a young kid, but being “The Guy”? I doubt.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    And one of his happiest hockey moments happened in Vancouver. Well, OK, maybe happy isn’t the word I was looking for…

  7. milkmemalkin - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    what a traitor! none of the american teams should sign him now that he said he would play for Vancouver. expatriate garbage.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      I can’t even begin to imagine the number of players Canadians would have to hate for signing with American teams.

  8. mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Millsie has very few options if he wants to sign with a west Coast team. He really wanted Anaheim or San Jose, but that won’t happen, so unless maybe Minnesota calls him, Vancouver would likely be it for out west.
    If he wants any kind of shot at a cup, I would say his best bet is Pittsburgh, if they want him. They have a ton of talent and maybe a new coach with a new message is what they need now. Washington looks nearly like a train wreck these days and is going nowhere fast. They would likely have to move Hotltby to plug Miller in and he has not really proven long term that he can be a clutch goalie. Of course, that may be a product of the Caps team itself.

  9. entitymn - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Wait, there is goalie drama *outside* of Minnesota?

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