Canucks brass are set to begin contract talks with their No. 1 goaltender soon, having held off on negotiations due to the passing of Markstrom’s father earlier this month.
“The Canucks obviously didn’t want to talk to him during that whole span while he was sorting things out,” Elliotte Friedman said during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “I do believe that those talks are going to intensify sometime over the next little while and I still believe that he is very much in their plans to try to get something done.”
Markstrom is set to become a UFA after this season but the Canucks are clearly keen on retaining the Swedish netminder beyond this year. He signed a three-year contract before the 2016-17 campaign that carried an AAV of $3.67 million.
The 29-year-old has posted a 7-6-3 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.