According to a report from NEWS 1130 reporter and Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, the Canucks have called up veteran AHL goalie Richard Bachman from the Utica Comets:
The injury to Jacob Markstrom, undisclosed by the team at this point, necessitated the move. No word yet on the nature or severity of Markstrom’s injury, but Canucks fans have to be concerned with the health of the team’s starting goaltender. If you recall, Markstrom went down with injury at this point last season and was unable to finish out the campaign. This season, his first as an official starter in the NHL, Markstrom has struggled to maintain consistency. While the Canucks are all but out of the playoff race, fans still hoped that Markstrom could assert himself as the team’s uncontested starter down the stretch.
In 43 games so far this season, the 28-year-old has just 16 wins, a 2.78 GAA and .908 save percentage. For what it’s worth, backup Anders Nilsson has struggled even more with just seven wins in 20 starts to go along with a dreadful 3.26 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Bachman, who has mostly served as the backup to rookie Thatcher Demko with the Comets, has 10 wins, a 2.89 GAA and .899 save percentage in 21 games. By comparison Demko has 19 wins, a 2.33 GAA and .927 save percentage in 32 games.
Three year deal for Gudbranson
In other Canucks news this morning, the team re-signed top trade chip Erik Gudbranson to a three-year deal worth $12 million.
The 26-year-old defenceman was set to hit unrestricted free-agency this upcoming offseason, but his new deal will keep him in Vancouver through the 2020-21 season.