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Markstrom denies trade request

Jul 10, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

Jacob Markstrom AP

Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom says he “did not ask for a trade after the Ryan Miller signing.”

Which is interesting, because it was reported a few days ago that he did.

Instead, Markstrom tells News 1130 in Vancouver that he’s “super excited to come to camp” after “working real hard this summer,” and that he sees the Miller signing as “a challenge.”

Markstrom, 24, was sent to Vancouver in the Roberto Luongo trade between the Canucks and Panthers. As it stands, he’s No. 3 on the team’s goaltending depth chart, behind Miller and Eddie Lack.

It’s worth noting that Markstrom must clear waivers before being sent to the AHL, so the Canucks may explore a trade anyway, as there’s a risk they could lose him for nothing.

Markstrom was once a highly touted goalie prospect. But an .896 save percentage in 47 career NHL games, combined with a one-way contract that will pay him a salary of $1.4 million in 2014-15, could make teams hesitant to pick him up, be it in a trade or for free off the waiver wire.

  1. elvispocomo - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    He’s basically needed just a bit more guidance at the NHL level, you could see it in his limited play that he would benefit from spending more time with the Canucks goalie coach, Melanson. Not sure who they had in Florida, but he needed to correct a few things he could get away with at the AHL level and it never happened.

    I guess it didn’t help he was playing behind the Panthers, but I have faith he’ll at least become a decent backup in the NHL if not a reasonable starter (or better) once he gets the extra coaching.

  2. bluesdroogie - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    It would not be a real season without some type of goalie issues in Vancouver.

  3. colby7 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Benning quashed that pretty quick. Good work.

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