Ryan Miller is the man. No goalie controversy here in Vancouver.
Nothing threatens an aging $6 million a year goalie more than inexpensive, loquacious, skinny, taco breathing, Swede with better numbers.
Miller is the anti-Lack, quiet, bland, and doesn’t talk on game days.
We knew the American was marking his territory at the end of the season as he rushed back from his wonky knee injury to fly to Winnipeg for JUST A PRACTICE, as Lack had things under control. The ‘Nucks lost the next day.
The pressure is on Miller to perform. He turns 35 in a couple of weeks and he basically has this season to get his crap together if he wants to continue his career.
If Miller gags, Benning’s judgment of goalies will be questioned. Remember, he threw mucho dinero at a guy who was 33 and could not get the Blues out of the first round of the playoffs.
Benning has one thing going for him. No one botched and bungled the handling of goalies worse than Mike Gillis.
I’m not surprised fans are miffed. The team traded away its best goalie.
The Canucks have a mid-20’s Swedish goalie that will be the clear back-up to Miller in Jakob Markstrom. Hey sounds like the start of last season!
Markstrom signed Monday for two seasons at $3.1 million dollars.
So if it goes sideways for Ryan; if he gets hurt or bombs and Markstrom thrives, Benning’s loyalty to Miller time will only cost the Aquilini’s $18 million bucks over three seasons.
That’s still a tough lesson to learn.