The move leaves the Canucks with their starting goaltender Ryan Miller and the potential for Jacob Markstrom to step up into a full time NHL role for the first time in his career. Markstrom had an incredible season in the AHL and the Canucks felt he was ready for the leap. The odd thing about Markstrom’s career so far is the enormous success he’s had in the AHL and the absolute trouble he’s had in the NHL. Markstrom had a .934 Sv% in the AHL this season and carries a career NHL Sv% of .896.
Carolina is likely planning a move. The trade leaves them with three NHL-caliber goaltenders — Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin and Lack. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun believes that the Hurricanes are in discussions to send Khudobin elsewhere. That would make sense with GM Ron Francis saying this week that he was working on extensions for Ward and Eric Staal.
Eddie Lack traded to Carolina. And I believe the Hurricanes are moving Khubodin to another team today.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 27, 2015
Lack carries a cap hit of $1.15 million, Khudobin $2.25 million, and Ward $6.3 million. All three goaltenders are entering a contract year.
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Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.