As the organization enters yet another summer with goaltending questions at least the back office is doing their best to lock up the prospects behind them on the depth chart.
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Joe Cannata.
Cannata, 25, split time this season between the AHL Utica Comets and the ECHL Ontario Reign. With Utica he appeared in five games, posting a record of 3-2-0, a goals against average of 1.99, and a save percentage of .932. In 21 games with the Ontario Reign this season, Cannata posted a record of 12-6-2, a 2.02 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage. He also posted two shutouts for Ontario during the 2015 Playoffs.
The Wakefield, MA native was originally selected by Vancouver in the sixth round, 173rd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Cannata was slated to be a RFA and, though not confirmed, it appears it took $660,000 to keep him in the fold for another tour.
While most eyes fall on Thatcher Demko as the goalie prospect to watch in the coming years, he's still a way's off from NHL duties, so while we wait to see Benning's pending deal with either Jacob Markstrom or Eddie Lack, it makes plenty of sense keeping Cannata in-house.
Cannata and Joacim Eriksson - assuming the RFA sticks around - are the obvious choices to backstop the Utica Comets entering the fall and stand one groin injury away from being called up to the big leagues.