Casey DeSmith making a save against the Predators
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Insider confirms that Casey DeSmith's future in Vancouver is sealed

Published May 13, 2024 at 6:55 PM

Patrik Allvin made excellent acquisitions for the Canucks throughout the season, and one that isn't talked about enough is the deal that sent Tanner Pearson to the Canadiens and brought back a capable backup goaltender for Thatcher Demko.

Casey DeSmith played great for the Canucks in Demko's absence and when he was called upon. With the way the playoffs have gone and how Arturs Silovs has performed, it's becoming more apparent that Silovs has surpassed DeSmith, but he has sealed his spot behind Demko for the upcoming season.

DeSmith's fate in Vancouver now sealed?

On the Donnie and Dhalie earlier today, Rick Dhaliwal addressed the situation. Casey DeSmith is about to be an unrestricted free agent, and with how he played this season, he shouldn't have to worry about getting a job next season. But it appears certain that it won't be in Vancouver behind Demko.

Dhaliwal stated that he'd be shocked if the Canucks chose not to keep Silovs as the man behind Demko in 2024-2025:

I would be shocked if this guy isn't backing up Demko next season. They've got enough evidence; they've seen enough.

DeSmith is coming off a season during which he started 29 regular-season games, posting a 2.89 goals-against average and an 89,6 save percentage. He was previously signed to a two-year, $3.6M deal.

For his part, Silovs is ending his entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent. Allvin will most likely try to sign him to a bridge deal for the next two or three years. With his recent playoff performance, do you feel comfortable letting DeSmith go and making it official for Silovs?
May 13   |   2363 answers
Insider confirms that Casey DeSmith's future in Vancouver is sealed

Would you let Casey DeSmith go to free agency and keep Arturs Silovs to back Tatcher Demko?

Have Silovs as the back-up185378.4 %
Keep DeSmith, let Silovs in the AHL27611.7 %
Trade Demko, keep Silovs and DeSmith2349.9 %
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