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Report: Benning Shopping Lack For High Draft Pick

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A couple of days ago, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reported:

The Canucks are trying to make room for Jacob Markstrom and GM Jim Benning is seeking a second-round pick in return.

That second round pick is something Jim Benning does not have going into this year's Draft, as he traded away this year's 2nd rounder to Calgary for Sven Baertschi back in March. I don't believe Benning has a third round pick either in this Draft as he traded that away in the Ryan Kesler deal.

Benning is a trade guru but you also know how much he loves scouting and drafting. Is Eddie Lack really in play as Garrioch suggests? It's quite possible. With Jacob Markstrom being on fire this season with the Utica Comets, perhaps it's time to have a Ryan Miller / Markstrom combo. Which goaltender fetches the highest return in a trade? Not the unproven (in the NHL) Markstrom. Not the salary-heavy Miller. Lack would give Benning the best return for sure.

If Markstrom isn't offered an NHL contract by the Canucks next season, he may just bolt outta here. He has already threatened to do so. He is a restricted free agent this summer. Lack, who will be earning $1.3 million this season, becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. Miller has 2 years remaining on his $6 million per season salary. Joacim Eriksson, another good goaltender in the Canucks' system, is also a restricted free agent this summer. Then down the depth chart are Joe Cannata and Thatcher Demko. Cannata is an RFA and Demko is in college.

It's great having depth at the goaltending position, but something's got to give here.