Jim Benning has a lot on his plate this off-season: determining the Canucks’ draft board, re-signing key restricted free agents, and deciding which unrestricted free agents to target to upgrade and support the Canucks’ lineup. One of the areas of the lineup that may need an upgrade, which would have been laughable just one year ago, is in net.
The prospect of acquiring a goaltender in free agency was raised during an interview with Benning on Sportsnet 590 and he didn’t shy away from the possibility. “We’re going to look at every avenue we have to make our team competitive,” he said, before giving Eddie Lack a vote of confidence. “For a first-year goalie last year, he had a good season, and we hope that he can take it to the next step this year.”
Hoping that Lack can be a reliable starter is not the same as believing he will be, so adding a veteran number one goaltender on a short-term contract to give Lack more time to develop as a backup is worth considering. That’s just one of three scenarios, however, that could see the Canucks adding a goaltender in free agency. They could also add a goaltender to platoon starts with Lack or upgrade their backup role currently occupied by Jacob Markstrom.
Let’s look at the players available in free agency that would fit these scenarios and whether its worth it for the Canucks.Continue Reading —›