The Vancouver Canucks added depth to their blue line on Thursday by re-signing restricted free agent defensemen Frank Corrado and Adam Clendening.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Clendening’s deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $760,000.
Clendening was acquired by the Canucks from the Chicago Blackhawks in January.
The 22-year-old appeared in 17 games with Vancouver following the trade registering two assists and eight penalty minutes while averaging 17:27 in time on ice.
Very excited to be part of the @VanCanucks for the upcoming season. Can’t wait to play in front of the great fans & get the season underway!
— Adam Clendening (@Clenny5) July 10, 2015
Clendening also appeared in 11 American Hockey League games with the Utica Comets scoring a goal and adding four assists. He added three goals and five helpers in 23 Calder Cup playoff games.
“When (Clendening is) playing his game, he has a good stick and covers the lanes and uses body positioning for cutting down angles,” Canucks’ GM Jim Benning told The Province. “The best part of this game is his hockey sense and ability to move the puck up ice fast. And he has a good shot from the point and has his head up. He can walk the line and spot people in front of the net. He had a real good playoff down there (Utica) and looked like he’s ready to play.”
Corrado appeared in 10 games with the Canucks during the 2014-15 season scoring one goal and registering a minus-7 rating.
In 35 AHL games with the Comets, the 22-year-old scored seven goals and nine assists. He added one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 18 Calder Cup playoff games.
“It was my first year in the Western Conference and one thing I learned was that for whatever reason — the number of games and the travel — you go through a lot of defencemen,” said Benning. “At one point, we were on our 11th defenceman in the organization and we’re going to start off carrying eight probably.”