After Demko’s Heroics, Should Canucks Let Markstrom Walk?


There are most likely three teams in the NHL who are going to be very, very happy when this playoff tournament ends. The first is the team that gets its name engraved on the Stanley Cup. The second is the Montreal Canadiens and the third is the Vancouver Canucks. You could certainly make the argument that, aside from the Cup winner, no team gained more by the NHL saving the 2019-20 season than the Canucks.

With a roster that went into this bizarre post-season with core players who were playoff neophytes, the Canucks gained an enormous amount of valuable experience in big games. They learned about themselves and they added a layer of battle hardness that will serve them well in future years. “What our team has gone through, the mental part, physical part, it will help our group,” Canucks coach Travis Green said after his team’s gut-wrenching 3-0 loss in Game 7 to the Vegas Golden Knights. “It will help our group next year. It will help us in five years.”