Apr 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) covers the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks sign Ryan Miller

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The Vancouver Canucks have a new starting goaltender.

The team has announced that it has come to terms on a three-year, $18 million contract with former St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

Though he had respectable numbers in the regular season with Buffalo and St. Louis, Miller really disappointed when it came to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues acquired the former Vezina Trophy winner in order to help them get over the hump, and win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

With Miller in the fold, the Vancouver Canucks now have a proven goaltender to handle to bulk of the regular season workload while building up Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom to take over in the future. The latter two goaltenders will compete for the backup job to Miller in training camp this fall.

It does put the Canucks into a small pickle when it comes to their goaltenders. If Lack wins the job, Vancouver would have to place Markstrom on re-entry waivers, which would make him available for free to other teams. Vancouver may have to look to trade Markstrom in that situation.

The team also drafted Thatcher Demko on Saturday in the NHL Draft.

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