The Vancouver Canucks know who their starting goaltender will be until 2022, and now they know who their backup will be until 2016. Eddie Lack has signed a two-year deal worth $2.3 million total. The annual cap hit is $1.15 million, and represents a sizable raise for the backup netminder.
Lack’s actual salary this season is $850,000. After appearing in five games for the Canucks this season, Vancouver decided that they’d seen enough of the youngster to give him the raise and the new deal.
Eddie Lack’s two-year contract extension has an AAV of $1.15M, $1M in first year, $1.3M in second year.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 15, 2013
The 25-year-old is sporting a 2-2 record and carries a .911 save percentage. Overall, it seems strange to extend a guy that’s only started four games at the NHL level to a two-year deal. Lack has been in the organization for a long while and the Canucks obviously believe that they understand where his ceiling is, but seriously, what’s the rush here?
What if Lack comes in and stinks it up through his next 10 or 15 starts? While the money and term don’t seem all that risky, why give such a green player an extension so early in the season? Getting the Sedin twins locked up early on in the year was paramount, but what’s the rush with Lack?
What’re your thoughts? Hasty re-signing for the Cancuks that makes sense based on their volatile goaltender situation? Or a hasty re-signing that could end up eating valuable cap space by this time next year. Sound off in the comments. We’d love to know what you think on this one.