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I like the contract, the term is not too long on a goaltender who had one full season with the club. The money isn't too expensive. Not much to dislike about it. Hopefully he'll continue to trend upward.

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On 2016-06-03 at 7:06 PM, MoneypuckOverlord said:

He's already a NHL starter.  To be honest, I think he is equally as good as Martin Jones. 

Jones is the real deal I believe MArky is too.......Imagine if we had SJS defense ?

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Since it hasn't been posted on here yet:

 

 

Great to see. I just hope that JB is more knowledgable than he sounds because I literally feel like I'm losing brain cells hearing him speak.

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On ‎7‎/‎8‎/‎2016 at 2:07 AM, guntrix said:

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Great to see. I just hope that JB is more knowledgable than he sounds because I literally feel like I'm losing brain cells hearing him speak.

Jason Brough? Is that you?

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11 minutes ago, DeNiro said:

No idea who that is but that's a sick mask and a nice tribute.

Zlatan!!!

 

 

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On 7/8/2016 at 2:07 AM, guntrix said:

 

 

Great to see. I just hope that JB is more knowledgable than he sounds because I literally feel like I'm losing brain cells hearing him speak.

A 6th overall draft pick, over 600 career games and years of management experience and scouting.  I think he knows a thing or two about hockey ;)

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From the IIHF website: 

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Making of a goalie - Markstrom’s as close to a born goalie as you can be
09.09.2016

HELSINKI – If there is such a thing as a goalie gene, Sweden’s Jacob Markstrom must have it. After all, he comes from a family of goalies. His mother used to be a handball goalie, his father a football goalkeeper in a top Swedish team, and his brother a football goalkeeper. 

“I was a goalie in football, too, and growing up my brother watched dad play, and he remembers his games better than I do but I then looked up to dad and my brother,” Markstrom told IIHF.com. 

“I’ve always played other positions, too, but when you’re a goalie you can be a hero if you play well, and take the blame if they don’t. Also, goaltenders can play the entire game,” he adds with a smile. 

Markstrom’s definitely got the genes. At 198 cm, he’s the prototypical modern goalie, a mountain of a man who’s still got the nimble moves of a gymnast. And yet, it’s taken the one-time wunderkind a little longer to climb to the top of the hockey world than many expected when he left the Swedish league six years ago. 

After two years in the AHL, and a handful of NHL games, Markstrom made his breakthrough in 2013 with the Florida Panthers, who had drafted him early in the second round, 31st overall in 2008. He played 23 games but when the Panthers signed Tim Thomas, Markstrom only got twelve starts – and didn’t fare well in them. In 2013/14, 97 goalies played in the NHL, and of all the goalies that played in more than one game, only three had a lower save percentage than Markstrom’s 87.3. Of the three, Martin Biron retired after two games, and Nikolai Khabibulin retired after suffering a hip injury. 

The Panthers traded him to the Vancouver Canucks. 

The next season, he got two starts in the NHL, played a total of 77.38 minutes, and posted a 87.9 save percentage. The Canucks goalie coach Rollie Melanson talked about Markstrom as a re-building project. 

“I like to stay open-minded and I’m happy to try new things – as long as they work for me. But when you’re re-building you’re on the ice a lot, you just have to build more skills and then work on them until they become a second nature,” he said. 

“Of course, you have to feel comfortable with the changes, they can’t be anything that just the coach wants to make,” he added. 

At the start of the 2014/15 season, the Canucks put him on waivers early to sneak him through so they’d be able to send him to their farm team in Utica. Their plan worked, and Markstrom spent most of the season in the AHL, and found his game. 

While he may have disappeared a little from the NHL radar, he says it was as tough a time for him as one might think. 

“I had a lot of fun that season, we went all the way to the Calder Cup final with the Utica Comets,” he says. 

Last season, he was back with the big club. He got more starts than ever before in his NHL career, 30, and he posted a respectable 91.5 save percentage, tied with, for example, Finland’s Tuukka Rask. 

And now he’s playing in the World Cup of Hockey, and showed in the first pre-tournament game that he’s ready to go, turning away all eleven shots he faced in 31 minutes of play. 

“It was the first game, so it’s natural things weren’t perfect but we got better after the first ten minutes. They were on top of things in the beginning, then we took over in my opinion,” he told IIHF.com after Sweden’s 3-2 overtime loss to Finland in Helsinki. 

“Playing half the game isn’t that strange, it’s just half as long as usual. But of course it was good that I got the start so that I could warm up and prepare for the game the way I always do,” he added. 

Sweden’s expected starter is the New York Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist who played every single second for Sweden at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but didn’t dress for Thursday’s game. But should coach Rikard Gronborg want to make a goalie change, he knows he’s got a reliable back-up in Markstrom, who’s a real natural. 

Then again, maybe it’s not nature, maybe it’s nurture. Maybe growing up with goalies made him one, too. 

“My little sister’s not a goalie,” Markstrom says, "I guess she was a little smarter than me.” 

RISTO PAKARINEN

 

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Given how Lundqvist played today, we may see Marky start for Sweden in the tournament on Saturday! Look forward to that if that happens.

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11 minutes ago, ruilin96 said:

Given how Lundqvist played today, we may see Marky start for Sweden in the tournament on Saturday! Look forward to that if that happens.

Lundquist starts, but if he gives up the net to Marky, he will not get it back. 

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27 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Lundquist starts, but if he gives up the net to Marky, he will not get it back. 

If everyone here was as positive as yourself and Apollo this would be the happiest place on Earth.

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4 minutes ago, Salacious Crumb said:

If everyone here was as positive as yourself and Apollo this would be the happiest place on Earth.

Thank you SC:)

 

being mentioned in in the same breath with Apollo is very complimentary. 

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2 hours ago, Alflives said:

Lundquist starts, but if he gives up the net to Marky, he will not get it back. 

I wouldn't be surprised to see marky start Saturday... He's simply been better and it's a short tournament. 

 

If Henry does start, his leash can't be too long 

 

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Markstrom proved last season that he belongs in this league, and waited and prepared in the minors enough to know what it means to keep playing his heart out.  His stats were middling across the boards for #1 goaltenders, with a less than helpful team in front of him.  Personally I am excited about this guy, and if Miller falters wouldn't be surprised if he takes over, or at least plays close to half the starts.  Better defense this year should help push his stats into the next tier of starters, and if he can continue to improve and use his size he could be the next Rinne or Bishop.

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4 hours ago, IBatch said:

Markstrom proved last season that he belongs in this league, and waited and prepared in the minors enough to know what it means to keep playing his heart out.  His stats were middling across the boards for #1 goaltenders, with a less than helpful team in front of him.  Personally I am excited about this guy, and if Miller falters wouldn't be surprised if he takes over, or at least plays close to half the starts.  Better defense this year should help push his stats into the next tier of starters, and if he can continue to improve and use his size he could be the next Rinne or Bishop.

i'm excited for Markstrom as well. this will be a big season for him as Miller is coming off the books and I really can't see him coming back. Linden and Benning better make a trade to see what they can get for Miller close to the trade deadline. 

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Anybody else feel like Marky looked like a starting NHL netminder last night?

 

It was my first time watching him and not saying "wow, he's almost there". Last night he looked like he's officially entering his prime.

 

Smooth, controlled game, confident puckhandling, using his size, etc. 

We may actually have Ben Bishop 2.0 here, with a little Dubnyk mixed in. 

 

 

Very excited to watch his role on the team increase as the season goes on.

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On ‎9‎/‎15‎/‎2016 at 10:09 AM, N4ZZY said:

i'm excited for Markstrom as well. this will be a big season for him as Miller is coming off the books and I really can't see him coming back. Linden and Benning better make a trade to see what they can get for Miller close to the trade deadline. 

Do you think there is any way that Miller goes to LA? It would be a leap for Benning to put it all on Marky but the return might be worth it. LA has not CAP room but has Quick on LTIR. Canucks might get a nice return. I doubt it can work, sadly. I have Miller as TDL option since his contract is up.

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2 minutes ago, Boudrias said:

Do you think there is any way that Miller goes to LA? It would be a leap for Benning to put it all on Marky but the return might be worth it. LA has not CAP room but has Quick on LTIR. Canucks might get a nice return. I doubt it can work, sadly. I have Miller as TDL option since his contract is up.

I don't see much return on any goalie this year. Teams with a goalie surplus like montreal and Pittsburgh get the shaft because they can only protect 1 in the expansion. Murray HAS to be traded. bishop HAS to be traded. 

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33 minutes ago, Boudrias said:

Do you think there is any way that Miller goes to LA? It would be a leap for Benning to put it all on Marky but the return might be worth it. LA has not CAP room but has Quick on LTIR. Canucks might get a nice return. I doubt it can work, sadly. I have Miller as TDL option since his contract is up.

 

REALLY doubt we move Miller until the TDL. LA's going to need a goalie before then (or not at all).

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