Neutral Posted October 21, 2019 Share Posted October 21, 2019 Markstrom had a solid season last year and has been great again so far this year. He is an upcoming UFA with a 3.66m cap hit who will be 30 years old in January. Keys to consider: Upcoming expansion draft & Demko's future with the team Demko is signed for an additional year at 1.05m and will be an RFA in 2021 with Arbitration rights I assume? Demko fits in great age wise with our current core and could be our future #1 for a long time. What sort of extension for Markstrom term/ cap hit/ NTC/NMC would make most Canuck fans comfortable going forward? Is there a length of contract or cap hit $ amount that would make you want us to pass on giving him that long term deal with high cap hit and NTC/NMC protection? If we lock up Marky for more than say 4 years we really could run into having to deal a G with no leverage before the expansion draft or possible lose 1 of Marky/Demko to Seattle for free. We don't want to be in a spot like Pittsburgh where they had to pay Vegas to take a legit #1 guy in Fleury. Personally, I would try to get Marky signed for 2-4 years max as I feel Demko could develop into a #1 and is on the right side of 30 and as above stated perfect age to grow with the core. But if Marky has another great year you know how agents are...they will want to get the max deal they can for Marky. Just going to mention this: teams in recent memory Pitts & the Blues have both made the playoffs and won a Cup with a young cheap G. Not trying to say Demko can replicate that but it's not out of the question to have a young NHL G help your team be successful. I am curious if or how much JB and Marky's agent had for extension talks this past summer, all I know is he will only get a bit more expensive to Re-Sign the further we get into this year if he continues to be lights out. So, let's discuss what makes most fans comfortable contract wise and is there a deal we say is too rich and we walk away from extending him... 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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