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Report: Markstrom wants Canucks to trade him

Jul 6, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks wanted to start the 2014-15 campaign led by “a goalie with experience” rather than the young duo of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom. They accomplished that by signing Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million contract, but it also put Jacob Markstrom’s future with the team in question.

Markstrom only played in four games with Vancouver after they acquired him from the Florida Panthers on March 4 as part of the Roberto Luongo deal and now he might not even fit in as the team’s backup. With that in mind, it’s believe that he’s requested a trade, according to the Vancouver Province.

“We’re exploring that for Jacob,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said. “But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation.”

Benning also used the goaltending injuries the Minnesota Wild endured last year as an example of why carrying three netminders might prove to be to the Canucks’ benefit. Markstrom has a $1.2 million cap hit for the 2014-15 campaign, but the Canucks do have some breathing room when it comes to the ceiling.

  1. stevepopo - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    A 6’6″ swede? That’s right up Tim Murray’s alley. #Sabres

    (Probably any GM)

    • thomasvanek - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      We have Enroth, Neuvirth, Hackett, Lieuwen, Knapp, and Markov. I think we are good on goalies for right now.

      • timmyp716 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        We can never have too many goalies

      • stevepopo - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Agreed, but keep filling that stable.

        PS No more Knapp, we didn’t qualify him.

      • buddysguys - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Hackett coming off Knee Surgery too….and Lieuwen has a concussion history.

  2. onemorematt - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Still curious to see whether or not Markstrom develops into an NHL starter. He’s shown flashes here and there, but frankly he looked better as a call up in fl a few years ago then he has recently. I think the kid just needs to get some consistent time in somewhere.

    • ntvd7 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Spot on…..

      He would show flashes in Florida but when he had the chance to grab the number one spot?

      Folded. I guess time will tell

  3. 33to22 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I can appreciate where he’s coming from, but he has yet to prove himself. I think some time with Rollie would be very beneficial for him.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I’m thinking Boston would be beneficial to him
    He can compete with Malcolm subban and Nicklas Svedberg and if he wins out he can backup Rask and be successful in a city that’s heaven to goalies

    • notan9ner - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      You think Malcom Subban is gonna want to play for your city after the racist remarks on his brother?

      • shaundre93 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM


      • 950003cups - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Since someone wants to bring in race to the topic, which was the first team to sign a black hockey player to the nhl? His name was Willie O’ree

      • shaundre93 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Does this mean Subban doesn’t ever want to play in Canada either? The report that those tweets came out of Boston was proven false, they came from all over. Only idiots like you who are desperate to pin labels of racism on people to make yourself feel like a better person still buy that crap. People like you keep racism alive as much as those who actually hate, there was absolutely no need to bring up race or to try to slander Boston.

  5. tross16 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I would like the devils to pick him up

    • skuba7 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Markstrom to the Devils makes a bit of sense in that New Jersey has 13+ one-way contracts among forwards. Vancouver looks to be able to use someone like Ryder or Brunner to add a scoring threat outside the Sedins line.

  6. blomfeld - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    NO THANKS !!!

    signed, LA Kings Nation … home of the “best” goaltenders in the universe !!! :) :) :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones

    890) Roberto Luongo
    891) Phyllis Diller
    892) Henrik Lundqvist
    893) Cloris Leachman

    • blomfeld - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      ps: sorry friends, as I almost forgot our video eh ? :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  7. 950003cups - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Markstrom is one badass goalie in the making.

    • bigtganks - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      So why trade low? JM’s stock can’t be any lower. Send him to Utica and let him kick butt then trade him at the deadline.

      • 950003cups - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        In Vancouver they trade goalies for nothing, whether their stock is high or low. The gave away Schneider for what some say was nothing. They made the trade after all the top dawgs were already off the table.

      • dolphincult - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        He would have to clear waivers and that will never happen. Someone would claim this guy for sure

  8. djshnooks - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    You’re wrong, “ThomasVanek”…

    Knapp is gone.

    Hackett is coming off a serious knee injury. (He’s a head case who lost his job in Rochester last year…won’t be here long.)

    Lieuwen is coming off another concussion. (The last one he had they said he should not continue to play hockey anymore.)

    Jhonas Enroth and Michael Neuvirth are both coming off injuries, both lack size Murray likes and won’t be here long term.

    Andrei Makarov is small and years away.

    Jacob Markstrom is a perfect move for Murray…and exactly the kind of goalie he wants and likes, none of which he has now. (Besides Linus Ullmark and Jonas Johansson, both of whom are years away from coming over to North American ice.)

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