LATEST | Casey DeSmith shares the reason he chose number 29: All-class move from the Canucks' newcomer

Published September 23, 2023 at 4:49 PM
BY COOPER GODIN

The Vancouver got a boost between the pipes earlier this week by acquiring Casey DeSmith from the Montreal Canadiens, who will more than likely be the team's backup to start the 2023-24 season.

During his five years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, DeSmith wore #1, but out of respect for Roberto Luongo, he's decided against wearing the number with the Vancouver Canucks.

"I can't wear 1 here, for obvious reasons," DeSmith told reporters.

Instead, DeSmith, who grew up a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, will wear number 29 to honour Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, who's arguably one of the best goaltenders to strap on the pads.


DeSmith, 32, has one year remaining on his contract and will have some stiff competition in training camp as he looks to win the backup role behind Thatcher Demko. Latvian goaltender Arturs Silovs is coming off a MVP performance at the 2023 IIHF World Hockey Championship and appears ready to make the team on a full-time basis.

Meanwhile, there's also Spencer Martin, who in recent days has been linked to the Colorado Avalanche given their injury situation between the pipes. Martin appeared in 29 games for the Canucks last season, where he sported a record of 11-15-1.

Who do you think will be the Canucks' backup goaltender to start the 2023-24 season? Let us know what you think in the poll below!

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September 23   |   476 answers
LATEST | Casey DeSmith shares the reason he chose number 29: All-class move from the Canucks' newcomer

Who should be the Canucks' backup goaltender to start the 2023-24 season?

Casey DeSmith31766.6 %
Arturs Silovs7515.8 %
Spencer Martin428.8 %
See Results428.8 %
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