The Vancouver Canucks finalized a huge signing on the first day of the NHL free agency period. The organization reached an agreement with goaltender Ryan Miller on a three year, 18M contract.
$6M per season is quite a price tag, but in this case it’s totally worth it. The Canucks needed to find a new number one goalie due to the departure of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. It would’ve been foolish to think that Eddie Lack and Jakub Markstrom would be able to carry the Canucks through the season. Both these kids have loads of potential but struggle with consistency in their skill levels. Miller has years of experience to his name.
He can withstand the pressures and responsibilities of being the number one goalie for the team. He’s got plenty of experience. He ended last season with a record of 25-30-4. He’s tallied 294 wins throughout his 559 NHL games.
This will be a great opportunity for him and the Canucks to continue their quest for another long playoff campaign. Miller was acquired by St. Louis in exchange for Jaroslav Halak. But after failing to carry the Blues deep into the playoffs, Miller was the odd man. The Blues dropped him and resigned Brian Elliot and Jack Allen in the off season. Now Miller has the chance to not only re-ignite his career, but he also gets to attempt to do so with his family very close by.
This deal is a win for both sides. Ryan Miller certainly has struggled in recent years. He certainly isn’t seen as one of the best in the league anymore by most analysts and fans in general. But the 33 year old veteran goalie still has plenty to offer his new team. This signing is certainly better than trying to build the team around two inexperienced goalies. Eddie Lack will continue to improve as the team’s backup goalie. He’s very quick and will certainly benefit from watching Ryan Miller play.
That being said, Miller will be an excellent leader for these two goalies moving forward. Canucks GM Benning will be delighted to have him try and carry his team back into the playoffs. Canucks fans finally don’t have to worry about their goaltending situation, at least not for another three years anyway. It will be interesting how this signing influences any other plans Jim Benning has for his team.
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