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Ryan Miller our No. 1 goalie, says Canucks GM

Jim Benning confirms veteran will enter season as starter over Jacob Markstrom

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Ryan Miller will enter the season as starting goalie for the Vancouver Canucks, general manager Jim Benning told TSN 1040 in Toronto on Monday.

"Let's make no mistake about that, first and foremost, Ryan's our No. 1 goalie," Benning said. "He's a guy that, he has the experience, he had a good season for us last year. But I feel we have two real good goalies and that's a strength of our team."

Miller, 36, will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He was 17-24-9 with a 2.70 goals-against average (his highest since 2012-13), a .916 save percentage and one shutout in 51 starts last season. 

Benning was a scout for the Buffalo Sabres when they selected Miller with the No. 138 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft. He signed Miller, an unrestricted free agent, to a three-year, $18 million contract on July 1, 2014.

Jacob Markstrom, 26, signed a three-year contract extension with an annual average value of $3.67 million July 7 that runs through the 2019-20 season. He went 13-14-4 with a 2.73 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 33 games (30 starts).

Video: LAK@VAN: Miller's save on Andreoff in the 3rd

Benning said he was impressed with Markstrom's play for Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Starting for Henrik Lundqvist, who was sidelined with an illness, Markstrom made 27 saves, allowing one goal with under a minute left, in a 2-1 win against Team Russia on Sunday.

"I think this is a good step for him in his confidence and going forward, so I was happy that he played real good and his team won," Benning said. "Last year, over the course of the year, he really played well for us."

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