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Canucks re-sign Frank Corrado and Adam Clendening

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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.”

Lack, Markstrom weigh in on trade speculation

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With Canucks GM Jim Benning fielding calls on goaltenders Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom the pair voiced their opinion on being shopped with Vancouver radio station News 1130 on Monday.

“Gonna be an interesting few days, it can’t effect me, I’m working out, come back for next year wherever that is,” Markstrom said.

The 25-year-old appeared in just three games for the Canucks in 2014-15 going 1-1-0 with a 3.08 G.A.A. and an .879 save percentage.

Markstrom also appeared in 32 AHL games with the Utica Comets going 22-7-2 with a 1.88 G.A.A. and a .934 save percentage. He also helped the Comets to a berth in the Calder Cup final with a 12-11 playoff record posting a 2.11 G.A.A. and a .925 save percentage.

“I love Vancouver, goalie coaches are great, throw in the Utica run and you grow closer to the organization,” he said. “It’s a business, hardest league in the world, so many players knocking on the door.”

Markstrom’s two-year, $2.4 million contract is set to expire next week making him a restricted free agent.

Lack appeared in 41 games for the Canucks in 2014-15 posting an 18-13-4 record to go along with a 2.45 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage. The 27-year-old also made four appearances in the Stanley Cup playoffs going 1-3-0.

“I’m not focusing on it, I know there is a business side of it,” Lack said of the trade speculation. “I can’t do anything about it.

“I don’t want to talk about leaving Vancouver. I don’t think I’m getting traded, if I am, I will deal with it then.”

He has one year remaining with a $1.15 million cap hit before becoming an unrestricted free agent in July 2016.

Canucks fans have voiced their opinion on who they would like to have stick around.

An online petition titled “Keep Eddie Lack!” currently has 47 supporters.

“When we decide which goalie we’re going to keep moving forward, then we’ll act on it and I think we’ll be able to recover a fairly high pick,” said Benning told TSN Radio in Vancouver last week.

The Canucks currently don’t have a second or third round selection for this week’s NHL Draft.

Related: Chiarelli thinks Oilers will probably add a goalie before draft

Canucks sign Ronalds Kenins and Alex Friesen to one-year deals

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The Vancouver Canucks have signed pending restricted free agent forwards Ronalds Kenins and Alex Friesen the club announced on Monday.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Friesen’s deal is a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000.

Brad Ziemer of The Vancouver Sun reports Kenins’ deal is a one-year contract worth slightly more than the league minimum of $575,000.

Kenins appeared in 30 games with the Canucks during the 2014-15 season scoring four goals and 12 points while registering eight penalty minutes. The 24-year-old also spent time with the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets scoring five goals and seven assists in 36 games.
His two-year, $1.85 million entry-level deal was set to expire next month.

Friesen spent all three years of his entry-level deal in the minors. The 24-year-old set career highs in goals (10), assists (20) and points (30) in 60 games with the Comets in 2014-15. He was originally the Canucks’ sixth-round selection (172nd overall) in 2010.

Report: Canucks’ prospect Cole Cassels could join AHL club

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Fresh off a Memorial Cup win with the Oshawa Generals, Cole Cassels could get his first taste of professional hockey with the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that if the Comets advance to the Calder Cup final, the Canucks will consider adding Cassels to Utica’s roster.

The Comets currently lead the Western Conference Final against the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 with Game 6 schedule for Tuesday night in Utica.

Cassels had 30 goals and 81 points in 54 regular season games. He added 10 goals and 21 assists in 21 postseason games.

The 20-year-old was the Canucks’ third round selection (85th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft.

PHT Morning Skate: Darling delivers a belt-worthy performance

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After a 42-save performance in relief of Corey Crawford in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators, goaltender Scott Darling received the team’s player of the game belt from captain Jonathan Toews.

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The Hockey News looks at who on each of the 16-playoff teams deserves the Stanley Cup first after commissioner Gary Bettman hands it to their respective captain. (THN)

During Wednesday night’s Binghamton Senators’ 6-5 overtime victory against the Utica Comets, Jacob Markstrom and Peter Mannino squared off in a good old goalie fight. The two combined for 36 minutes in penalties.

Patrick Kane delivers pizzas to a local Chicago fire hall as part of the Blackhawks’ “What’s your goal” contest.