Canucks recall G Michael Garteig; Ryan Miller has the flu

It was announced this morning that the Canucks have recalled goaltender Michael Garteig from the Alaska Aces of the ECHL:

This move was necessitated by Ryan Miller having the flu, which Matt Sekeres revealed on twitter

As Sekeres mentions, Alaska is closer to Vancouver than Utica thus it ensures that the Canucks will have a back-up goaltender to Jacob Markstrom today, rather than having to rely on an emergency back-up for the second time this season.

Garteig has had a fairly good start to his professional career, posting a 5-1-0 record 2.52 GAA and 0.916 SV% with the Aces. Garteig was signed as a free agent this past April after leading Quinnipiac University to the NCAA finals.

Unless something happens to Markstrom, Garteig will be ride the pine tonight and then be sent back to Alaska once Miller feels better.

  • Killer Marmot

    That’s … not good. I would very much have preferred to see Miller in net tonight.

    Well maybe Markstrom will be incentivized after that last debacle.

    • tyhee

      In 2014-15 when Markstrom was with the Comets, he did really well bouncing back each time he had a bad game. I’m glad to see him get the chance to do that tonight.

      • Cageyvet

        Agreed. I can’t believe the ridiculous knee-jerk comments from the bandwagon fans who suggest Markstrom isn’t ready to be a starter after one bad outing. Come on, it’s not like he was succumbing to the pressures of starting every night, he just had a bad game. Watch the Canucks, many of them have had worse performances many times over, goalies just stand out more.

        It’s a sign of how fragile the city’s confidence is that they pick on the one area the club is not challenged – in the net. If the rest of the squad performed as well as Miller and Markstrom we wouldn’t be floundering this badly.

        I like Garteig and while I hope he doesn’t play tonight, it’s good to have a decent option closer to home.

  • DSP

    When I watched this kid in the young stars tournament I thought he played really well. Better than Demko really, and I am glad he has a shot. I know unless something bad happens he won’t play but glad he has a chance to jump up and show management what he can bring to the team.

  • Killer Marmot

    As Sekeres mentions, Alaska is closer to Vancouver than Utica thus it ensures that the Canucks will have a back-up goaltender to Jacob Markstrom today, rather than having to rely on an emergency back-up for the second time this season

    The problem with Utica is that not only is it a long way away, there is no direct flight to Vancouver from the nearest major airport in Syracuse. This means it’s an 11 hour journey at least.