Mack’s Mailbag for July 30, 2013

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With Cory Schneider being dealt by the Canucks, what do you think of Joe Cannata’s chances of making the Vancouver squad out of camp next season? Where does he fall on their depth chart?
The believe among many who cover the team is that Eddie Lack is likely to backup Roberto Luongo in Vancouver next season, but that would mean Cannata is likely the full-time starter for the Canucks’ AHL affiliate. After backing up Cannata during the playoffs, he got a taste of what the NHL is like. Over the course of an 82-game season, I’d say chances are good he’d get another sniff at some point next year. A Canuck scout told me last week, “We have high hopes for Joe. We think he’s an NHL goaltender.”

I see over the last few months a lot of Hockey East schools have lost kids to junior hockey. Is Merrimack at risk of losing any recruits?
Everyone’s always at risk, provided they have CHL eligibility (20 years old or under) remaining. They’re two very different options but might be attractive to a player for different reasons. Some kids prefer the college route and others have reasons why the CHL is better. At the end of the day, I’m certainly not going to judge a kid for doing what he feels is best for him. It’s a different situation than players decommitting only to commit to a “higher-profile” team once they come along. Every situation is different though and should be examined on a case-by-case basis.

With Karlsson leaving Northeastern to sign with an NHL team and another (Josh Jooris, Union) happening today, is Merrimack at risk of losing someone to the NHL before the season starts?
From what I hear, no.

Is Stephane Da Costa going to re-sign with Ottawa? They haven’t signed him yet but have they offered him?
The Senators qualified Da Costa, meaning they retained his NHL rights. He could also accept the qualifying offer, which is a one-year deal. With that being said, I also heard he was considering signing with a team in Switzerland. In Europe, the style is more conducive to Da Costa’s game and, if on a two-way deal (which is most likely), he’ll probably make more money in Europe than in the AHL. But as of right now he’s still a restricted free agent.

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