The Canucks announced today they’ve signed backup goalie Eddie Lack to a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million.
The move comes just four starts into Lack’s NHL career, but clearly he has shown enough in those four starts for the Canucks to invest in him as Luongo’s backup for at least two more seasons. There were questions coming into the season surrounding whether Lack – who was coming off of major hip surgery in the off-season – would win the backup job over recently signed Joacim Eriksson. Lack won the job in preseason and has been solid and given the Canucks a chance to win the games he has started so far this season.
Lack has posted a 2-2-0 record, with a respectable .911 save percentage and a 2.41 goals against average.
The deal will pay Lack $1.15 million a season, which should prove good value if he can build on the start he’s had to his NHL career. The deal does not come without risk, however, as Lack’s lack of NHL experience makes projecting his future somewhat difficult. Nevertheless, it’s a short-term, cheaper contract that shouldn’t handcuff the Canucks if Lack’s development inexplicably nosedives. It remains to be seen what this signing means for Eriksson, who is currently playing in Utica, though the Canucks likely envision the 23 year old paying his dues in the AHL for a couple seasons and re-assessing the goalie situation at the end of Lack’s new deal.
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