The Canucks may have been bounced from the playoffs in the first round, but in case you had not heard their AHL farm team is still rocking in the American Hockey League.
The Utica Comets are the Western Conference champions, having beaten the affiliates of the Blues in five games, The Oilers in seven and the Red Wings in six games.
They dropped the first two games of the championship series, both in overtime to the Kings farmies in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Utica took game three at home 3-2 before dropping losing the fourth game 6-3, and face elimination in game five on home ice Saturday night.
Canucks GM Jim Benning as stressed he would like his teams to play in a winning culture. A two month playoff journey for the Nucks prospects in front of rabid fans in the Mohawk Valley will no doubt help in their development.
The one thing this drive for the Calder Cup might do for the Canucks brass is clarify the crowded blue crease.
NHL scouts have seen Jacob Markstrom go 12-9 in the post-season with a 0.932 save %, while giving up less than two goals per game. During the regular season he was the second best goalie in the AHL.
Vancouver will not be able to trade soon to be 35-year-old Ryan Miller with two years left and $12 million in salary. Eddie Lack has one year left on his deal and could be an unrestricted free agent in a year.
Markstrom is a couple of years younger than his fellow Swede and he should go, unless Lack gets injured and/or contract negotiations go sideways.
If Markstrom wins a Calder Cup he could become a marked man for another organization.