Thursday, June 29, 2017

{allcanada} Canucks planning for possibility of Ryan Miller not re-signing


The Vancouver Canucks are prepared to pursue a goaltender if they are unable to re-sign Ryan Miller, president Trevor Linden told TSN 1040/1410 Vancouver on Wednesday.

"I think we're looking to add, obviously, a goaltender," Linden said.

Miller reportedly could be signing with a team in Southern California, perhaps the Anaheim Ducks, in part to be closer to his wife's acting opportunities.

"Talks [with Ryan] are ongoing. I think that there's lots of options," Linden told the radio station. "I think both sides are trying to figure out what the right fit is and obviously respect Ryan's wishes to play closer to his offseason home. ... We're just working through that with Ryan and his agent, and we'll see how that plays out over the weekend."

Linden said he has spoken to agents this week but did not name the goaltenders Vancouver may have interest in pairing with Jacob Markstrom. Among those expected to hit the market July 1 are Brian Elliott, Steve Mason and Jonathan Bernier.

"We've always said that it's a position that we want to feel real good about both guys," Linden said. "... It's the foundation of your team. So we want to make sure we're buttoned down there and have two guys that we feel really good about.

"... We have a unique opportunity where a player can come here, a goaltender can come here and feel like he has an opportunity to play some games and contribute and be a part of that. We'll continue to kind of work the phones and see what our options are."

Miller, 36, was 18-29-6 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 54 games last season. Markstrom, 27, was 10-11-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .910 save percentage in 26 games.

Linden also confirmed center Sam Gagner, an unrestricted free agent, visited the Canucks this week.

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