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Canucks sign goalie Zane McIntyre to one-year deal

The Canucks have signed 26-year-old goaltender Zane McIntyre to a one-year, two-way contract. McIntyre will make $700,000 if he’s in the NHL.

McIntyre played for the Providence Bruins in the AHL last season where he posted a 25-14-7 record along with two shutouts, a .898 save percentage and 2.59 GAA. He’s listed at 6-2 and 205 lbs.

McIntyre was a sixth round draft pick (165th overall) by Boston in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played eight games for the Bruins in 2016-17, posting an .858 save percentage. In that same season, he led the entire AHL with a .930 save percentage. McIntyre dressed in a game for the Bruins last season but did not play.

The Canucks are set in goal heading into 2019-20 with Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko. McIntyre is expected to to provide some depth at the goaltending position for the Utica Comets.

20-year-old Michael DiPietro is set to turn pro after a great OHL career. This signing ensures the youngster won’t get overwhelmed in his first year with Utica. The Canucks also signed 22-year-old netminder Jake Kielly back in April. Kielly was sensational in three seasons with NCAA Clarkson and will be looking for a shot. The Comets also have Richard Bachman on the roster. The veteran goaltender has one year left on his contract but has been hindered by injury troubles. Marek Mazanec was traded to the Lightning as part of the deal for forward J.T. Miller.

McIntyre was the recipient of the 2015 Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I college hockey when he played at UND. He earned rave reviews for his play in college but an NHL backup role is still likely his ceiling.

McIntyre is a dexterous and athletic goalie with strong puck handling skills. His style is a bit of a throw-back, combining elements of the butterfly technique with an ability to improvise and scramble, not unlike that of one-time Blackhawk’s netminder Marty Turco. Competitive to the point where he hates to give up on a play he uses his height and long limbs to make stops that look out of reach. McIntyre’s hybrid style and reliance on reflexes sometimes make him prone to poor rebound control; an area he has worked to improve while at North Dakota. McIntyre displays some uncanny natural instincts, reads the play well, and has the poise and patience to wait out shooters in one-on-one situations. – Hockey’s Future

This signing wasn’t one of the Canucks big moves on the opening day of free agency, but it provides their AHL club with some solid depth at the goaltending position.

  • am i the only one who has noticed how the entire roster at both levels has been filled out? big time? gosh…it’s almost like they knew what they were doing. i’ve always thought so. the haters can now jump in…

    • La-dee-da, they have a bunch of players. When we miss the playoffs, again, while spending to the salary cap, are we still going to be singing Benning’s praises for being able to sign players to contracts?

      • The Canucks don’t seem extraordinarily strong in any position, but there are no obvious weaknesses either. I didn’t think the Canucks had a realistic chance at the playoffs over the last three years. This year I think they do.

        • There are no obvious weaknesses for next year but aside from hoping Woo can become a 2nd pairing guy and some depth players there is very little at RD for the future.

          The Canucks will be in the playoff hunt next year so won’t trade Tanev. Hopefully they can move Eriksson next year, get something for Sutter and snag up a pick or two for their surplus wingers. By the 4th year of Myers contract he is going to be an anchor and his cost that year make him unmovable.

          I do like the way the Utica roster is taking shape. If the rookie wingers from last year can start to live up to their potential the Comets could be pretty strong.

    • This is the time of year to stock the shelves. Trying to fill a hole in the lineup in mid-season is expensive, as almost every competent asset is tied up with another club who’ll demand something in return.

    • By showing 30 players on the roster, Cap Friendly distorts things a bit.

      A bunch of players will get sent just before the season begins to get to a roster of 23. That significantly reduces the salaries counting towards the cap.

      • It’s actually the rules the NHL uses for cap hit during the offseason, rather than anything dreamed up by capfriendly. What the NHL does for cap space in the offseason is include everyone under contract, but for those that played other than in the NHL last season, only in the proportion they actually played in the NHL.

        So the figures shouldn’t be so high as to be meaningless, but to get a really good idea of the true picture it is necessary to add up the aav for the players expected to be on the roster, then add the $ 4 million for Luongo and Spooner.

        If you take a roster of Eriksson, Horvat, Miller, Sutter, Pearson, Baertschi, Beagle, Schaller, Virtanen, Pettersson, Gaudette, Edler, Myers, Tanev, Stecher, Benn, Hughes, Biega, Markstrom and Demko, plus the Spooner and Luongo additions, you get about $67.8 million, 67,533,204, or about $13.7 million left. Out of that $13.7 million the Canucks have to pay Boeser and two other roster players, such as perhaps Leiovo and Goldobin. Then there needs to be a bit of a cushion for players injured short-term so not on LTIR and the team should account for whatever performance bonuses are likely to need to be paid to Pettersson (max $2,850,000) and Hughes (max $850,000). There is also the possibility of performance bonuses for others on entry level contracts, such as Juolevi (according to Capfriendly max $1,450,000 this coming season.) If necessary performance bonuses can be deferred to the following season, but that would simply reduce the amount of cap space available the following season.

        The Canucks don’t enough cap space to use to get much in the way of assets and certainly not enough to take on a bad contract to acquire further assets, but they aren’t really in cap trouble either.

        • Sorry, once again I wish there was an edit button. Ignore the 67,533,204 figure-it was an addition error. The true figure was about $67.808 million.

      • Geez, unbelievable that drinking beer all Canada Day can make you post in the wrong spot….
        Comment intended for one of our resident rays of sunshine, unicorns and puppies WojoDebbieDownerwitz

          • Debbie – you need a box of snickers…. one of the most negative posters here and that’s saying something. Don’t know what ever happened to you to be such a toilet brush all the time but there is always hope. Wish your life was better.

          • Was that you I saw at 8 Rinks cleaning the toilets while muttering at your phone?

  • You must fill up the pipeline with goaltenders because you cannot win without them. Don’t want to have happen what happened to Mikey Di last year against the Sharks. Plus Utica needs all the support they can get. This is not a major signing by any means but Benning must cover all the bases.

  • This is off-topic.
    Aho’s RFA offer sheet is telling on how Bergevin’s regime is all but over. Once you go this route, your ability to deal with other gm’s is tainted. I would be surprised if he isn’t fired before the season starts.

    Now if Boeser was given an offer sheet for less than Aho’s, just getting a 1st, 3rd and 4th. I know the team matters as far as where the 1st lands, but that would free up cap-crucial space in the future. I think Boeser’s talent belongs in Vancouver, but I also know Benning’s thought on wingers. Try enough of ’em and something will work. Just a post free agent thought.

    • That was the dumbest offer sheet ever. How does Carolina NOT match that? I mean there’s no way Aho is NOT worth that much money and there’s no way you get him for as a little as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in a trade (I mean if you can get a 1st and 3rd for JT Miller…) If I’m Carolina, I wait a full seven days before matching, just so Montreal can’t actually make a pitch at any other free agent between now and then. The only way this makes sense for Bergevin is if it is some weird Jedi mind trick to open up other offer sheets on guys like Marner or Connor and screws Toronto and Winnipeg. I mean if you’re Columbus, you have all 4 of your next first rounders and $17 million in cap space. Why not offer sheet Marner for $12 million for 7 years and replace Panarin in a flash? Werenski probably won’t cost more than $6 million. Sure you’re in cap hell next season with some RFAs to sign, but who cares if you win a cup. Who knows what Bergevin is thinking.