Canucks: Waivers, trade rumours surround goalie Spencer Martin’s future

The Vancouver Canucks put Spencer Martin on waivers on Thursday, hoping he’ll get scooped up by one other group.

Spencer Martin’s time as a Vancouver Canuck could also be coming to an finish.

The NHL group positioned Martin on waivers Thursday, saying they intend to reassign him to AHL Abbotsford ought to he go unclaimed.

However it’s a must to suppose the Canucks hope the 28-year-old goalie shall be claimed by one other NHL membership, given the logjam of goalies they now have after buying and selling for Casey DeSmith final week.

In response to studies, the Canucks have been making an attempt to commerce Martin, who they signed to a two-year deal earlier than the 2022-23 season, hoping he would show to be a stable backup to No. 1 netminder Thatcher Demko.

Vancouver Canucks' J.T. Miller (9) talks with goalie Spencer Martin (30) before an on-ice session during the opening day of the NHL hockey team's training camp, in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) talks with goalie Spencer Martin (30) earlier than an on-ice session throughout the opening day of the NHL hockey group’s coaching camp, in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.Picture by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Clearly they’ve discovered no commerce takers, a minimum of not but, so basic supervisor Patrik Allvin has turned to a course of that may return a pittance of money to the Canucks, have been one other group to place a declare in on Martin.

If the Canucks can’t discover a new group for Martin, they’ll be in a little bit of a roster pickle. They’re already prone to begin the season with three goalies in Abbotsford — prime prospect Arturs Šilovs is slated to be the starter, backed up by AHL veteran Zach Sawchenko, plus big Belarusian undertaking Nikia Tolopilo — and it’s arduous to fathom them placing a fourth goalie on the market.

Conceivably they might look to mortgage him to a different AHL group, however there are few apparent touchdown spots as it’s.

Martin first signed with Vancouver earlier than the 2021-22 season to be one of many group’s goalies in Abbotsford. His recreation progressed very properly however he was unexpectedly pressed into service when each of the Canucks’ NHL goalies — Demko and then-backup Jaroslav Halák — have been stricken with COVID-19. Martin ended up enjoying three video games and stood on his head in all of them. He then performed three extra instances late within the season, impressing once more.

He received a two-year contract due to his play, with the Canucks hoping the event he’d proven in simply his first season with the group would ship consistency on the NHL degree. Within the early going final season, he proved regular, although unspectacular. However after Demko was injured in early December, the starter’s load fell on Martin.

He staggered, then crumbled below the load of being an NHL starter, finally ceding the backup job to Collin Delia and Šilovs. Martin rebuilt his confidence in Abbotsford and have become a top quality starter once more because the AHL Canucks progressed to the Calder Cup playoffs.

He’s within the second yr of his contract, which pays him US$775,000, with a barely decrease cap hit of $762,500. As a result of he’s on an NHL deal — and it isn’t an entry-level deal — Martin can’t be assigned to the ECHL with out his consent.