Canucks waive goalie Mike McKenna, paving the path for Thatcher Demko

The Province

As expected the Canucks are looking to send McKenna to the Utica Comets.

Mike, we barely knew ye.

Mike McKenna, the well-travelled 35-year-old netminder, was placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, a day after he was acquired in a trade from the Ottawa Senators.

It was an expected move, as Canucks general manager Jim Benning indicated in a conference call on Wednesday that the plan was to call up Thatcher Demko from the Utica Comets and have him serve as Jacob Markstrom’s backup for the remainder of the season.

Thursday, Benning reiterated that Demko will join the Canucks on Friday in Toronto.

“He’s been down (in Utica) for two and a half years, he’s played some good hockey down there,” he said. “When I talk to the coaches down there and Dan Cloutier, who works with our goalies in Utica, and (Canucks goalie coach) Ian Clark, we feel the foundation for him has been set in his game. The next challenge is to get him in NHL games and see where he’s at.”

He acknowledged that at some point, you just have to find out what you have in your goalie at the NHL level.

#hockey, #professional

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