After two largely disappointing seasons in Carolina, Eddie Lack was traded to Calgary in June as part of a package deal for draft picks and prospects. Looking back, it certainly wasn't hard to see that the writing was on the wall for Lack after he was publicly called out by coach Bill Peters in March for his poor play. And looking at Lack's numbers, there is certainly room for improvement given his unimpressive .901 save percentage over the past two seasons, accompanied by a lackluster 20-21-9 record. Looking ahead, the 29-year-old netminder should settle nicely into a backup role behind Flames starter Mike Smith, and could wind up inheriting a decent share of playing time if he can show some of the form he showed over two seasons in Vancouver (.917 save percentage over 82 games). At the present time, Lack projects as a bottom-tier fantasy goalie in most formats.
Lack was traded to Calgary on Thursday along with Ryan Murphy and a 2019 seventh-round pick in exchange for Keegan Kanzig and a 2019 sixth-round pick, Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca reports. The 'Canes unloaded $1.375 million of Lack's cap hit to the Flames while making an implicit statement that Scott Darling and Cam Ward will be their goaltenders. Lack has posted an unimpressive .901 save percentage over the past two seasons, accumulating a 20-21-9 record in that span. The 29-year-old backstop will be a handy backup to Mike Smith in Calgary, and he could earn himself a decent share of playing time if he can recapture the form he once showed as a Canuck (.917 save percentage over 82 games).
Lack wound up on the list of players available to the Golden Knights for the expansion draft, theScore reports. It's clear that Lack has worn out his welcome in Raleigh. The lanky netminder was initially expected to be the successor to Cam Ward -- who's also been left off the protected list -- but Lack's role has diminished due to his unacceptable peripherals. The Swedish puck plugger began his NHL career with Vancouver and posted save percentages of .912 and .921, respectively, through his first two campaigns, but he's barely hovered over the .900 mark since joining the 'Canes ahead of the 2015-16 season. Making matters worse, the 29-year-old was publicly called out by coach Bill Peters for poor play.
Lack will start in net for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Flyers. Lack has allowed three or more goals in each of his last three appearances, but the duo of he and Cam Ward has still split time relatively evenly down the stretch. He will get the final call of the season Sunday, looking to end things on a positive note against a Flyers club that's won five of its last seven games.
Lack gave up three goals on 23 shots for his third straight loss Thursday against the Islanders. He's heading into the end of another poor season on a low note, as Lack's lost three straight, giving up 10 goals in that span. Like most teams in the league, the Hurricanes have a back-to-back set this weekend, and Lack can be expected to start either Saturday's home tilt against the Blues or Sunday's road game in Philly.
Lack will start in goal for the Hurricanes on Thursday as they take on the visiting Islanders. The Isles have a three-game winning streak going -- they defeated the Sabres and Predators on the road in the last two -- despite venerable pivot John Tavares (lower body) being lost for the rest of the year. Lack will square off against this team for the first time this season. He's been rather stingy with opponents at home (albeit in a limited sample), posting a 3-2-1 record, 2.13 GAA and .924 save percentage.
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