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The Vancouver Canucks are no longer interested in trading goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the club was open to offers on the 24-year-old Swede earlier in the season. Markstrom reportedly asked for a trade after the team inked Ryan Miller last summer and general manager Jim Benning agreed the team was “exploring that option”.

However, Markstrom’s solid play this season has given Canucks’ management a change of heart.

Markstrom is currently second in the AHL in goals-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.934). He was the co-winner of AHL All-Star Game MVP on Monday night after stopping 16 of 18 shots.

In 18 games this season, Markstrom has a 12-4-2 record. He had a solid start to the season nearly setting a new AHL shutout record in October.

LeBrun reports the Canucks now believe Markstrom could be a late bloomer like current Lightning starter Ben Bishop.

Bishop, 28, spent parts of six seasons in the AHL prior to becoming an NHL regular in Tampa.

Markstrom, who is in the second year of a two-year, $2.4 million contract, is a restricted free agent after this season.


Looks like Eddie Lack's days in Vancouver are numbered.

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I think it's the right decision.

We've seen what Lack can be IMO. A guy that can be a starter when called upon, but will likely never be an elite goalie.

No guarantees Markstrom will, but I think we need to see what we've got with him before we just dump him.

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I love Lack, but I think it's the right decision. Markstrom's got age and upside worth exploring and I think Lack would get us more at this point. We'd lose one to waivers next season anyway, there won't be any sneaking Markstrom through again.

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He was making amazing saves in the first period of the All Star game yesterday... I was blown away at how he got to some of those pucks.

I really hope we finally are the beneficiaries of a player getting waived and realizing that he needs to step his game up to be an NHL regular.

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I love EEddie.he will be a great goaltender in this league, but Markstrom ceiling is higher and i think we should roll with him.

It isnt fair to have lack riding the pine for the next 2 years either behind miller, hes ready to start in this league. Markstrom is still 2 years away from being a starting goalie in the NHL

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Who would have high interest in Lack?



Edmonton Arizona Philli Pitts SJ NJ Carolina and maybe just maybe the Isles

All for Back up or possible starter roles.

But people have to know as of July 1st that market is saturated for goalies so wait and see about a Lack + package before mid march

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The thing is we'll probably get lousy value if we trade Lack right now. I doubt he will fetch much.

I'd be jumping through hoops if we got a 2nd round pick for him.

But even a 2nd rounder seems like a fantasy.

Considering Devan Dubnyk was traded for a 3rd, I'd say a 2nd would be pretty safe for Lack. He is a better goalie with more upside and almost 2 years younger.

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