After serving primarily as a backup for most of his career, Markstrom has developed into a quality front-line netminder since he turned 28 three seasons ago.
Last season, he went 23-16 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .918 save percentage for a surprising Canucks team. Vancouver beat Minnesota 3-1 in the qualifying round and upset defending Stanley Cup-champion St. Louis 4-2 in the first round before losing to Vegas in seven games in the West semifinals.
Markstrom had a 2.85 GAA and .919 save percentage in 14 playoff games. He is coming off a three-year, $11 million contract. He was injured against the Golden Knights; backup Thatcher Demko took over for the Canucks and went 2-1.
The Canucks moved on by signing former Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to a two-year, $8.6 million deal. Holtby and Demko will likely share time in net for a young Canucks team that finished 36-27-6 last season and in third place in the Pacific Division.