The Vancouver Canucks solidified their goaltending situation on Thursday inking Jacob Markstrom to a three-year extension worth $11 million. The deal carries an annual average value of $3.67 million.
Markstrom had one year remaining on his two-year, $3.1 million deal and was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season.
His new deal kicks in the year after Ryan Miller comes off the books in Vancouver.
“Jacob is a talented, competitive goaltender with size and a proven ability to make big saves at crucial moments in a game,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “He set career highs in several statistical categories last season and two years ago led the Comets to their first Calder Cup Final. He’s motivated and wants to help his team win. We’re excited to have Jacob competing in a Canucks uniform for years to come.”
In his sixth NHL season, Markstrom set career highs for games played (33), starts (30), wins (13), shots against (988), saves (904) and minutes (1,848). The 26-year-old finished the season with a 2.73 goals against average, a .915 save percentage.
“Playing in Vancouver, I'm learning and becoming a better goalie everyday. I'm super happy to stick with the Canucks,” Markstrom told Vancouver radio station CKWX News 1130. “As a goalie you want to play as much as possible. Last year I learned so much from Miller in games and practices.”
Originally a 2008 second-round pick of the Florida Panthers, Markstrom was dealt to the Canucks in exchange for Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony in March 2014. In 83 career NHL games split between Vancouver and Florida, the 6-foot-6, 201-pound Swede is 26-42-9 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
Internationally, Markstrom helped Sweden win gold at the 2013 world championship and will represent his country at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.