Casey DeSmith of the Vancouver Canucks.
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Canucks' Rick Tocchet potentially confirms departure of Casey DeSmith

Published April 10, 2024 at 4:44 PM

Casey DeSmith has played a solid role in Vancouver this season, but with a log-jam in net, it appears his time as a Canuck is rapidly coming to an end.

This past summer, the Vancouver Canucks landed Casey DeSmith as a backup to star goaltender Thatcher Demko, and while he played well to start the year, he's played his role. That role from the beginning was to be the bridge in the backup role to 23-year old Arturs Silovs, and with Demko out, he has proven that he can already play at the NHL level.

In eight appearances over the past two years, Silovs has put together an impressive 2.47 GAA with a .908 save percentage, and now, he's potentially already taken the backup role from Demko.

When asked about the situation in net, Head Coach Rick Tocchet revealed that Silovs will potentially get more time down the stretch, and while he stated that they may carry three goaltenders in the playoffs, the sense is that Silovs has won the backup role.

Tocchet says he hasn't decided who will start in goal tomorrow but Silovs is a possibility. Also said they might carry 3 goalies in the playoffs.

After a solid start to the season, this all but confirms that DeSmith will have to find another team this summer, but with plenty of teams needing veteran help in net, that shouldn't be too hard.

Source: Canucks Daily

The end of Casey DeSmith in Vancouver: Tocchet may have confirmed it
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