Adam Clendening

Canucks re-sign Frank Corrado and Adam Clendening


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.

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.”

Signing Day: After getting Baun, Chicago inks Paliotta


Nice little Thursday for the Blackhawks.

Just hours after beating out several NHL clubs in securing the rights to Colgate standout Kyle Baun, the ‘Hawks announced they signed Michael Paliotta — their third-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — to a two-year deal.

Paliotta, 21, just wrapped a four-year career at Vermont in style, posting a career-high 36 points while being named to the Hockey East second-team. He’s got good size — 6-foot-4, 205 pounds — and ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman is high on his ability, recently saying he’d like Paliotta to turn pro right now.

And so, Paliotta has.

This, along with the Baun deal, signifies a potential changing of the guard in Chicago. In recent years, the organization wasn’t the ideal landing spot for prospects; given Chicago’s wealth of talent at the NHL level, the likes of Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Adam Clendening (drafted the same year as Paliotta) and Jeremy Morin failed to crack the roster and were dealt elsewhere while one prospect — ’10 first-rounder Kevin Hayes, Jimmy’s younger brother — balked on the ‘Hawks entirely, opting to hit free agency rather than sign an entry-level deal in Chicago, eventually inking with the Rangers.

Times appear to have have changed, though.

The ‘Hawks are facing a summer of upheaval, which could be why Baun and Paliotta — who, like Hayes, could’ve gone unrestricted this summer — decided to come on board. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said Patrick Sharp will be “gone, for sure” this summer and it’s expected the ‘Hawks will also have to part ways with veteran d-man Johnny Oduya, in part because of the $10M cap hit extensions for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, which kick in next year.

With other experienced players potentially leaving (Antoine Vermette and Brad Richards are also pending UFAs), Chicago might now be seen as an organization filled with opportunity, rather than roadblocks.

‘Hawks talking contract, facing deadline with NCAA standout Paliotta


Contract negotiations are underway between Chicago and Vermont d-man Mike Paliotta, the ‘Hawks third-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“We’ve had conversations,” Paliotta’s agent, Jordan Neumann, told ESPN. “I think everything is progressing. We’re listening to everything the Blackhawks say, and Michael and his family are giving signing with the Blackhawks a tremendous amount of thought.”

Paliotta, 21, just wrapped a four-year career at Vermont in style, posting a career-high 36 points while being named to the Hockey East second-team. He’s got good size — 6-foot-4, 205 pounds — and ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman is high on his ability, saying he’d like Paliotta to turn pro right now.

Just one catch, though.

Paliotta hasn’t signed yet and is getting closer and closer to Aug. 15, which is the deadline for Chicago to sign him to an entry-level deal. If this situation sounds familiar, well, it is — Chicago underwent a similar scenario with 2010 first-rounder Kevin Hayes, who played out his four full years at Boston College before passing on signing his ELC with the ‘Hawks. That allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent, at which time Hayes signed with the New York Rangers.

Like Hayes, Paliotta is aware of the depth within the Chicago organization, something that could play a factor in whether or not he signs. Earlier this season, the ‘Hawks jettisoned Adam Clendening to Vancouver — who was taken in the same draft year as Paliotta — because of their logjam of right-handed defensemen prospects (Paliotta is a righty.)

“The Blackhawks are obviously a great organization,” Paliotta said in January, per ESPN. “They have a lot of depth. That’s what makes them successful. They’ve obviously developed a ton of great players.

“Anywhere you go, it’s going to be challenging. You’re going to have to beat out guys.”

After 10-game absence, Tanev (concussion) back for Canucks


The Vancouver Canucks will get some much-needed defensive reinforcements tonight against Anaheim, as Chris Tanev will play for the first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 14.

“It will be fun to get back out there,” Tanev said, per News 1130. “I am just going to go out there, work hard and trying and keep things simple. They are a good team over there so it will be a tough game to jump right back in to.”

Tanev, a pending RFA, was averaging nearly 22 minutes a night for Vancouver prior to getting hurt and is arguably the club’s top defensive defenseman. He leads the team and sits 16th in the NHL in blocked shots, with 131.

Tanev will be paired with Alex Edler and join Dan Hamhuis, Luca Sbisa, Ryan Stanton and Frank Corrado on the Vancouver defense tonight. Corrado is in for Adam Clendening, who’ll sit; fellow defenseman Kevin Bieksa remains sidelined following hand surgery.

‘Hawks lose Oduya (upper body) for ‘a couple of weeks’


The Chicago Blackhawks will be minus the services of one of their most experienced defensemen for the next while.

On Monday, ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced that Johnny Oduya would be gone for “a couple of weeks,” with an upper-body injury suffered during Sunday’s blowout home loss to Boston.

Oduya, 33, has struggled at times this year, scoring just two goals and five points in 60 games with a minus-9 rating. Set to become a UFA at season’s end, this could end up being his last year in Chicago — acquired at the deadline three years ago, the Swedish rearguard was instrumental in the ‘Hawks Stanley Cup victory of 2013 (scoring three goals and eight points in 23 games) but has been exposed during Chicago’s recent swoon for some poor defensive play and decision-making.

Regardless, his presence will be missed.

Oduya has been a constant in the Chicago lineup this season, one of just nine skaters to have played every game. The ‘Hawks also lack depth on the back end as Nick Leddy and Adam Clendening have been traded, and Trevor van Riemsdyk is still hurt; with Oduya out, the club will now roll with a seven-man unit of Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Michal Roszival, David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey and Tim Erixon.