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Capitals sign Joe Cannata and Darren Dietz

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The Hershey Bears needed a goaltender, and they got one in Joe Cannata.

Cannata, a former AHL goaltender for the Utica Comets, recorded .909 save percentage in 40 games last season.

More on Cannata, from the Capitals' press release:

Cannata, 26, posted a 20-13-6 record with two shutouts, a 2.52 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 40 games with the Utica Comets (AHL) last season. The 6’1", 200-pound goaltender stopped all 30 shots he faced on Oct. 24 against Syracuse and earned his second shutout of the season with a 33-save performance on March 4 against Toronto. Cannata has posted a 41-33-6 record with two shutouts, a 2.59 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 88 career AHL games with Chicago and Utica. The Wakefield, Mass., native started for the ECHL All-Stars in the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Game in Orlando and posted a 15-10-2 record with one shutout, 2.34 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage in 28 career ECHL games with Ontario and Kalamazoo. Cannata spent four seasons (2008-12) at Merrimack College (NCAA), posting a 59-46-16 record with seven shutouts, a 2.47 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 122 games. He holds the school record in wins, games played, goals-against average, save percentage and saves (3,152). Cannata also holds the Merrimack’s single-season records in wins (25), games played (39), goals-against average (2.18) and save percentage (.925). He was drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round, 173rd overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Additionally, the Capitals added defenseman Darren Dietz. Dietz played in 13 games for the Montreal Canadiens this past season. More on Dietz, from the press release:

Dietz, 22, registered five points (one goal, four assists) and 13 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. The 6’1", 201-pound defenseman made his NHL debut on March 12 against Minnesota and earned his first NHL point with an assist on March 22 against Anaheim. Dietz scored his first NHL goal and recorded his first multi-point game (one goal, one assist) on April 7 at Carolina. The Medicine Hat, Alberta, native was drafted by Montreal in the fifth round, 138th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft. Dietz earned 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and 61 penalty minutes in 61 games with the St. John’s IceCaps in 2015-16. He ranked second among St. John’s defensemen in penalty minutes, third in points and goals and tied for third in assists last season. Dietz has earned 38 points (eight goals, 30 assists) and 174 penalty minutes in 166 career AHL games with Hamilton and St. John’s.