Vancouver’s backup goalie Jacob Markstrom may be out a while according to Expressen.
The report (translated by Google) says Markstrom suffered an injured hamstring and “will not be ready to play in the near future.”
That’s about as helpful as the way NHL teams usually report injuries as lower/upper body.
To clarify: we don’t know much, but we know it doesn’t sound good.
News about Markstrom’s injury originally broke yesterday when the Utica Comets’ Richard Bachman showed up in Calgary ahead of Vancouver’s season opener. The Canucks soon confirmed Markstrom was injured near the end of practice Tuesday.
The team’s plan to go with Ryan Miller as the starter has not changed, but we should find out how ready they think Bachman is as early as next Tuesday.
If they believe in Bachman, he should get the second half of the back-to-back in Anaheim and L.A. while Miller rests.
So while the goaltending controversy some predicted will be on hold for the “near future,” Vancouver’s goalies continue to bring the heat in providing headlines.
We should know more once the results of Markstrom’s MRI are released.