Canucks recall Thatcher Demko

In light of the news that the Canucks had lost Mike McKenna on waivers to the Philadelphia Flyers, the organization has called up Thatcher Demko:

The full press release is as follows:

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thatcher Demko from the Utica Comets.

Demko, 23, has a record of 8-5-1 along with a .911 save percentage and 2.58 GAA in 16 games played with the Comets this season. The third-year netminder has appeared in 107 career games with the Comets, holding a record of 55-35-12, a 2.56 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts. Additionally, he won his lone NHL start last season, making 30 saves to help the Canucks defeat Columbus 5-4 on March 31.

The San Diego, California, native is the Comets all-time leader in career and single-season wins.

It is expected that the Canucks will continue to have Jacob Markstrom and Demko as their goalie tandem for the remainder of the season with hopes of getting Demko as much coaching and playing time as reasonably possible. Canucks fans are rightfully excited to see what Demko can do at this level and over the course of the remainder of the season. It can be hard to get a good read on a goalie with some injury call-ups but a sustained time with the big club should allow Demko time to round out his game while adjusting to the pace of the NHL.

The Canucks take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at 4 pm PT and it’s fair to believe that Markstrom will get that start.

  • Fred-65

    I can see it now in the next Utica game, some one skating around the back of the Utica net shouting at Kulbakov, you’re wife’s a dyke, your wife’s a dyke ( ala Slapshot ) …. They don’t have a back up goalie 🙂

  • Jim "Dumpster Fire" Benning

    If Kulbakov gets injured in Utica, or needs a night off moving forward, the team can always just do as we used to do in pickup roller hockey and use some string to tie pads and a stick to the posts….

  • Freud

    Of all the ongoing concerns with Benning, we can now add the fact he appears to have lurched from yet another plan because of pressure from a goalie’s agent.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Benning IMO was not acting impulsively on this deal or any other deal he has made this season. Understand the mgmt core sees everything the fans see and any theories postulated by fans on CA have been considered by Benning, Green et al probably some time ago. Should anyone be surprised Demko is finally being given a shot on the big club? Nilsson was not going to be here as was Leipzic and anyone else the fan base may see the same way certainly will get dealt eventually.

    • The real mismanagement is that Philly needed to claim Utica’s back-up goaltender to cover an NHL roster spot. I’m pretty happy that Benning managed to convert Nilsson into anything, let alone a draft pick.

      • TheRealPB

        Amen to this. How Philly’s goaltending carousel picking up Ottawa’s backup goaltender who was destined for our AHL team is somehow anything other than a fairly temporary problem is beyond me.

    • Killer Marmot

      It was a good move by Benning.

      He may have been looking to give the Canucks a little push, something that would put them into the playoffs. He had to change something. Nilsson had lost his last nine games, so there was little to lose by swapping in Demko. After all, the rookie might get hot or the skaters might work extra hard to minimize the shots on the young goalie.

  • Me

    I see over on Oiler Nation they’re saying Puljujarvi might be on the block in return for 2nd line players/depth scorers. Since we seem to have an excess of depth scoring is this a move we should make? Baer and/or Goldobin for Puljujarvi or something like that? He needs some development, but I think there’s no question he can be a great 1st/2nd liner in a few years and Edmonton might make the trade because they need to win NOW (or at least Chia does before he’s out of a job).

    • El Kabong

      I would take that chance. The player that Puluarvi was a few years ago couldn’t have totally disappeared. If we can re claim him at the same time as developing our core it could be huge.

      • Beer Can Boyd

        We need a left winger for EP. Puiljujarvi plays the right side. Not saying he wouldn’t be a good acquisition, but it would be miles better if he played on the left wing.


    This is an interesting turn of events. If GMJB really believes that the Canucks can make the playoffs will he put Thatcher in net enough? It would be shame for him to sit on the bench when he could be playing in Utica.

    This will also test Greenies willingness to play a rookie goalie if he struggles. There will be growing pains but if given the chance, Thatcher will become a good one!