Marky Mark is returning to the Canucky Bunch for four more seasons.
Jacob Markstrom will be 30 years old by the time his brand new, 3-year contract extension worth $11 million with the Vancouver Canucks runs out after the 2019-20 season, and it’s a deal that makes all kinds of sense. With a core full of young players being trained to take over for the old guard, the Canucks can’t expect to be truly competitive again for a while. A playoff berth in the relatively weak Pacific Division might not be much of a stretch, but a real contender for the Stanley Cup is still a few seasons away at the very least.
When Jacob first came to Vancouver (in my least favourite trade of all time), he was immediately inserted as second in command to Eddie Lack. When Ryan Miller entered the picture that summer, Markstrom was sent to the Canucks farm team in Utica to hone his skill. Now with Miller’s contract expiring after this season, Markstrom is set to take over the reigns in 2017.
Even with two other goalies in front of him on the totem pole, I always felt that Jacob was going be the most successful in a Canuck uniform. Markstrom’s potential was quickly being realized with the Comets, highlighted by a 2015 run to the Calder Cup Finals. While Eddie was a fan favourite, Jacob’s strides were clear to Jim Benning and Canucks Hockey Ops. Lack was promptly moved to Carolina, much to the chagrin of most Vancouver fans. Eddie had been a breath of fresh air for an increasingly fickle fan base, and it put a lot of pressure on Jacob to live up to his potential.
Markstrom’s best years are ahead of him, and naturally the rest of the young players have great seasons down the road too. I personally believe that Markstrom will become one of the best goalies in Canucks history. If this team reaches another Stanley Cup Final, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was thanks to him. Vancouver hasn’t had to worry about sub-par goaltending in nearly a decade, and it doesn’t look like they’ll have to for a long time.
Anyone else getting Good Vibrations?