Markstrom (knee) told reporters he is healthy and ready to play once (if) the NHL season resumes, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports. Markstrom missed the final eight games of the season prior to the league going on hiatus due to his knee problem. The Canucks are just outside the final wild-card spot should the league jump back into the playoffs using its traditional postseason format, so it's possible Markstrom has played his final game of the 2019-20 campaign. Even with the shutdown, the 29-year-old reached the 20-win mark for the third straight year despite playing in just 43 contests.
Markstrom (knee) is expected to be available for the Canucks if the NHL season resumes play in late April or later, Patrick Johnson of The Vancouver Province reports. Markstrom sustained a knee injury in late February and required a procedure to address the matter, with sources close to the situation indicating the netminder would likely be sidelined around six weeks as a result. That timeline would have initially put Markstrom at risk of being sidelined for the remainder of the regular season, but the NHL's decision Thursday to suspend play looks like it may limit the amount of actual game time he misses. Markstrom already resumed skating Tuesday, and though he won't have a chance to practice for at least a couple of weeks, he'll likely continue to conduct his own modified rehab program at home while he works to strengthen his knee. Markstrom's availability after the NHL returns from hiatus would provide a major boost for a Canucks squad that is far from a lock to earn a playoff spot.
Markstrom (lower body) skated for the first time since undergoing surgery Tuesday. There's still no clear timetable for Markstrom's return to game action, but his presence on the ice Tuesday represents a large step in the right direction. The 30-year-old Swede will need to return to practice with his teammates before rejoining the lineup, so expect another update on his status once that occurs.
General manager Jim Benning said Markstrom had a "minor lower-body procedure" Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. There was speculation that Markstrom could sit out 3-to-4 weeks, and this could still be a reasonable timeline depending on his evaluation in two weeks. For the time being, Thatcher Demko will be the No. 1 netminder, but expect Louis Domingue to get a start during this weekend's back-to-back series.
Markstrom will undergo an MRI on his knee Monday and may sit out 3-4 weeks, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. It was surprising when the Canucks traded with the Devils for Louis Domingue, but Markstrom's potentially long-term injury justifies the move. Markstrom has been outstanding this season with a .918 save percentage and 23-16-4 record, but rookie Thatcher Demko will be the No. 1 netminder for the extent of Markstrom's recovery.
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