Cannata was traded from the Capitals to the Avalanche on Wednesday in exchange for defenseman Cody Corbett. Washington acquired goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley earlier in the week, so the team likely felt the need to get some value out of Cannata before the trade deadline. Despite a solid 11-5-1 record, Cannata's numbers have been far from outstanding this year -- he shows an .876 save percentage and a 3.22 GAA through 22 total appearances. Even so, the 27-year-old will have a better chance to excel in the Colorado system, as his new franchise currently lacks a clear goaltender of the future.
Cannata was waived by Washington for the purpose of reassignment Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Cannata has yet to make his NHL debut and it appears he will have to wait a little bit longer as he appears destined for the minors after hitting the waiver wire. The Merrimack College product spent the 2015-16 season with AHL Utica where he logged a 2.52 GAA including a pair of shutouts. Barring injury, the Caps are unlikely to call-up the netminder this season, severely limiting his fantasy value.
Cannata was reassigned to AHL Utica on Thursday. Cannata was recalled on Dec. 22 to serve as Jacob Markstrom's backup while Ryan Miller (muscle cramps) worked his way back from injury. The 26-year-old netminder didn't receive a start in goal during his stay with the big club, and has yet to make his NHL debut. Cannata's demotion Thursday strongly indicates that Miller is ready to return to action.
The Canucks are set to recall Cannata from the minors. Cannata, who reportedly will serve as the backup to Jacob Markstrom, ascends to the NHL with Ryan Miller cramping up recently and unavailable for the evening contest. Through 15 games with the Utica Comets this season, Cannata has crafted a 2.49 GAA and .907 save percentage to go along with a 9-5-2 record. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
Joe Cannata surrendered two goals on 18 shots in Tuesday's preseason win over San Jose.
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