The Canucks goaltending depth was one of the main issues that needed to be addressed heading into the offseason. General manager Jim Benning made quick work after sending Eddie Lack to Carolina for a 3rd and 7th round pick and losing Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson overseas by signing 27-year-old Richard Bachman to a two-year contract.
Financial terms of the signing were not made available, per a team release from the Canucks Wednesday.
The former Edmonton Oiler and Dallas Stars goaltender spent the the majority of the 2014/15 season playing for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Bachman went 14-5-3 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Bachman was an AHL All-Star and finished with a dazzling 1.55 goals against average and .953 save percentage in the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs.
An undersized goaltender listed at 5'10" and 183 lbs., the native of Salt Lake City, UT native has appeared in 43 career NHL games and was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by Dallas
Bachman has experience playing under Willie Desjardins and Glen Gulutzan when they were all apart of the Dallas Stars organization.
Have learned the #Canucks are 1 of 12 teams that have called about goalie Richard Bachman. Van needs starting goalie in Utica.— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) June 30, 2015
Bachman played for Willie Desjardins and Glen Gulutzan when all 3 were with the Dallas Stars. #Canucks— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) June 30, 2015
The Canucks added some depth to their defensive core inking former Oilers and Sharks defenceman Taylor Fedun. Fedun, a right-handed shot listed at 6'0" and 198 lbs, was given a one-year contract and will likely report to the Utica Comets on a two-way deal.
Fedun has 11 games of NHL experience and could see action with the big club if Adam Clendening or Frank Corrado struggle to fully adapt to the Nation Hockey League come next fall. Fedun has recored two goals and four assists in his brief NHL career.
Fedun was involved in horrific touch-icing incident that caused him to miss all of the 2011-12 season because of a broken femur. You can read about it more here.
The Edmonton, Alberta native has dressed in over 200 career AH games picking up 24 goals and 75 assists.
Fedun is a graduate of Princeton University.