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NHL trade deadline 2017: Canucks’ Ryan Miller has been taken off the market, per report

An injury to Vancouver’s backup has the Canucks sticking with their starter.

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The goaltender market is apparently thinning down, as reports are coming in that Vancouver Canucks netminder Ryan Miller has been taken off the trade block.

Vancouver hasn’t been shy to sell veteran pieces at this deadline, but general manager Jim Benning has apparently drawn the line at his starter. Rumors were swirling that the Canucks wanted to trade Miller, but an injury to backup goaltender Jacob Markstrom at a fan event may have put a halt to those plans.

Miller has played surprisingly well this year for the Canucks, putting up a .915 save percentage in 35 games played. The 36-year-old’s three-year, $18 million deal expires this summer, and it seems he may have one more short contract left in him.

The Canucks do have 21-year-old prospect Thatcher Demko coming down the pipes as their hopeful goaltender of the future. There’s no timetable for Demko’s arrival, but his presence will certainly affect Miller’s future with the club.