Vancouver Canucks backup Anders Nilsson has only been used in 16 games this season, getting outstarted 37-15 by Jacob Markstrom, but that won't change his mind ahead of the trade deadline.
Nilsson has revealed to the Vancouver Province that he will not demand a trade despite his lesser role on the team this year.
“I would never ask for a trade,” Nilsson said. “For numerous reasons, I’ve been around. I’ve been on a lot of teams. I signed a two-year deal and I want to play here.
“I’m just going to work harder, and stay focused and be committed.”
However, that might not be enough. Jason Botchford of The Province believes Nilsson could soon be forced out despite his .906 save percentage on the season, just below Markstrom's .907 mark. But his goals against average sits at 3.39 to Markstrom's 2.76.
Botchford suggest that 22-year-old Thatcher Demko, who has registered a .929 save percentage in the American Hockey League, could see starts with the Canucks in the near future and Nilsson could be pushed on the trade block as some clubs, like the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks are on the market for help in between the pipes.
Nilsson might have gotten the attention of these teams in his last start, as he stopped 35 pucks in a 1-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 21. Though he has not been the starter in a game since, head coach Travis Green has told The Province he's not worried about Nilsson wanting to leave due to a lack of starts.
“I love how he responded with his last game in Winnipeg,” he said. “He’s working really hard in practice right now. He looks sharp. I’m confident when he goes back in, he’s going to be sharp.”
But what if GM Jim Benning has another plan in mind - despite of what Nilsson would like to see happen?!