Key Canucks Player Out for The Season
Reports out of Vancouver are that goalie Jacob Markstrom will have to call it a season due to injury concerns.
Markstrom is suffering from a knee injury sustained near the end of February. When asked about his goalie’s status, head coach Willie Desjardins said, “I don't think things are great. He tried it today. We have to make a medical decision on him”.
Not encouraging signs as the Canucks deal with almost a dozen injured players.
So many holes in the lineup mean there are ample opportunities for the rebuilding Canucks to try out their prospect talent, which is a silver lining to an otherwise gloomy finish to the season.
Still, today’s morning practice saw many of the sidelined Canucks back on the ice, players like Troy Stecher, Jack Skille, Brendan Gaunce, and Loui Eriksson could all be back in the lineup soon.
The Canucks need to decide what to do between the pipes for next season, dependable veteran starter Ryan Miller is a UFA at the end of the season, and the Canucks ability to lure him back to Vancouver is questionable.
In theory Markstrom is supposed to step into the starting role, his contract with Vancouver reflects that as his annual salary jumps from $1.55 million to $3.66 next season.
When asked about the future Desjardins said of Markstrom: “I know what I’ve got. He’s a good goalie. He can challenge for the number one spot. I’ve got lots of confidence in him.”
The Canucks face off against the Anaheim Ducks tonight.