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Canucks sign Ryan Miller — three years, $18 million

Jul 1, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

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Welcome to the next chapter of the great Vancouver goaltending saga. The Canucks have signed Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million contract.

Miller had a respectable .918 save percentage last season while playing for both Buffalo and St. Louis, but the 33-year-old was a disappointment after being traded mid-season to the Stanley Cup-hopeful Blues.

Clearly, though, new Canucks general manager Jim Benning felt that adding a veteran netminder was a necessity and that Vancouver could not go into next season with the inexperienced duo of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom, the latter of whom was acquired from Florida in the Roberto Luongo trade.

If Lack is Miller’s backup next season, the Canucks may look to deal Markstrom during the summer instead of risking losing him to waivers upon being sent to the AHL. The Canucks drafted a highly rated goalie, Thatcher Demko, on Saturday, so one has to wonder where Markstrom, 24, fits into the club’s long-term plans.

As for Miller? Welcome to Vancouver, where goalies from Dan Cloutier to Luongo to Cory Schneider have come and gone, none of them leaving with a Stanley Cup ring.

But Vancouver was also the site of the 2010 Olympics, where Miller shone in goal for Team USA. That same season he won the Vezina Trophy.

Related: After adding depth, Benning needs to address Canucks’ second line

  1. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Sorry bout it Eddie Lack.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Lack will get to develop correctly now. He needs to be a backup to a solid guy and increase his start totals over time. not what happened last year with that idiot Tortellini starting him 19 straight games.

      Markstrom and Ericsson get to work on their games in the A and come up appropriately or be ready to be traded

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Don’t know why the Canucks paid so much when there was no where else for him to go. Should have only paid 4 or 5 mill per year.

  2. roblo76 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Lulz wow. On St Louis (an actual good team) he sucked. “Hmm, that’s worth 18 million” – Canucks

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      he did not suck. I do not blame the series loss to Chicago on him. once again the blues failed to score goals. if we had (o-6 on the pp in an elimination game) if would have been a different series

      Blues could not score. you cannot win that way

  3. blynasty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Penguins need to trade for Eddie Lack!

  4. nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Good signing for Vancouver.

    This free agent class is like the gameshow Press Your Luck. You’re just hoping your team doesn’t get one of the many whammies in the small ass pond. I know I’m getting happy when I see that over priced guy sign somewhere else more than someone signing for the Rangers haha. Yeah, we signed Dan Boyle….I know!

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    The goalie circus continues. Over/under on how many of those three years come in VAN?

    • imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM


  6. milkmemalkin - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I really thought he would take less money to play for a contender (Penguins).

    • bolthead2589 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      They are not contenders anymore buddy. Sorry to break it to you.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      they are pretenders now. won’t be good for a long while. get over youselves in pittsburgh already. Philly is more of a contender than your team.

  7. nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I know Miller had a bad playoff, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt for now since his sample size for good is so high.

  8. stcrowe - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Because Miller has such great memories in Vancouver. Weird. Hopefully Luongo (a.k.a. Strombone1) chimes in about this.

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    It’s still a mindfawk that Last year at the draff Vancouver had Luongo/Schneider/Lack & that they were shopping for a goalie in Free Agency .. ..

  10. hockeyflow33 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Is it just me or does this mean there really wasn’t a market for Miller?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Looks that way. A bit shocking that a guy who was one of the premiere goalies in the league what seems like just a season or two ago could have such a quick fall from grace.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        He should have been a puck moving right-handed defenseman haha

      • thesportsjudge - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        He was mostly over rated.

  11. jpat2424 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Haha. Terrible signing

  12. kitshky - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Why does it feel like we just signed Potvin again …?

  13. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    a tad pricey

  14. christopher39 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    If doug Wilson would of moved neimi would of loved him in sanjose

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      wans’t it Wilson stating he wanted players that wanted to Win there, not just live there? Miller just wanted to live there and he made that clear.

    • stevemackenzie58 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      *would have*

  15. bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Miller wanted to go to the west coast the entire time. Even before his trade to St Louis. He wanted to be closer to his wife’s work (so. cal) Not to rag on the canucks, but I don’t think going to a contender was really in his mind after Anaheim and San Jose basically said no to him. He had limited his own options with where he wanted to play.

  16. christopher39 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Lol i know this is early and They don’t win cup or get to playoffs I can see everyone saying trade him

  17. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM


    • stevemackenzie58 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      The Cannots think they’re gonna be good. Heck, Calgary is better than them now

  18. rmccleary97 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    So the Canucks go from having a #1 in Luongo (even if he had a terrible contract because of the cap recapture potential) and Schneider (who had a much more reasonable contract) to a goalie who’s only two years younger than Luongo but has less of a resume (and will cost more in cap dollars), and who is 5 years older than Schneider and is going to cost more than Cory this season outright. Oh, and they’ve also got backup – er, scratch that, starter – …. um, scratch that again, backup Eddie Lack.

    Oh, and Markstrom – who they got from dealing Luongo and who Vancouver now has to figure out what to do with. Oh, and they’re also eating $800K of Luongo’s salary. But hey, at least they’ve got Horvat (who may be great … but could just as easily turn into the next Jordan Schroeder) and Matthias (who may well be a UFA after another underwhelming season).

    The Canucks aren’t rebuilding? Maybe not yet – but at the rate they’re going, it’ll start within a couple years (if not sooner)

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Luongo is probably texting him right now…. GET OUT, GET OUT, GEEETTTTTTTTT OUUUUUUUTTTTT!!!!! Ask for a trade! Do it, Do it NOW!

  19. salmon90 - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    never been more apathetic about a signing. This may make the Nucks marginally better but that’s about it. They have the cap space to do it so I guess they may as well use it. Problem is – they’re severely lacking in the goal scoring department with no help on the horizon. Oh and all the teams in the West have gotten better. No doubt that the quickest way to get to where they need to be is TANK. The Canucks brass is all worried about their public relations and season’s tickets but I think they misjudge the market a bit. Who wouldn’t give up a year of mediocrity for McDavid or Eichel?? – its a no-brainer.

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