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[Cleared Waivers] Canucks Assign F Chris Higgins to Utica


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Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has reassigned left wing Chris Higgins to the AHL Utica Comets.

Higgins, 32, has appeared in 25 games for the Canucks this season where he has registered three points (2-1-3) and four penalty minutes. He appeared in his 700th career NHL game on December 28, 2015. During the 2014.15 season, Higgins skated in 77 games with the Canucks, where he ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 36 points (12-24-36) along with 16 penalty minutes. He also notched a goal and an assist (1-1-2) in six games during the 2015 Playoffs.

In parts of 12 NHL seasons, the Smithtown, New York native has appeared in 703 career regular season games split between Montreal, the New York Rangers, Calgary, Florida, and Vancouver. In that span, he has recorded 332 points (164-168-332) along with 220 penalty minutes. In addition, Higgins has registered 21 points (11-10-21) and 10 penalty minutes in 62 career playoff games.

The 6’0”, 195-pound forward was acquired from Florida in exchange for Evan Oberg and a 2013 third round pick on February 28, 2011. He was originally selected by Montreal 14th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

 

http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=797450&navid=DL|VAN|home

As confirmed by Linden during the first intermission interview during the Florida/Vancouver game, Higgins will be put on waivers tomorrow morning. 

Sad situation. He's brought a lot to this team over the years but his play for a while now has been frustrating to watch. Good luck Higgy.

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5 minutes ago, the_impersonator13 said:

Best of luck to him. Had to be done unfortunately. Blame Gillis for the long term and NTC.

Hard to feel bad for a guy who gets paid $6,849 a day no matter where he plays...or even to sit at home.

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not so sure its the right move. when others have failed higgins has stepped it up. Its easy to forget a guys experience and skill. just remember he showed up when some others didn't. sports is a funny thing... you want consistency... but whats consistent when there is no constent with the canucks. The one thing for sure is ... you got hard work from him, can we say that about burrows these days??

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Pretty surprised JB got no bites! He's been having a rough year but I definitely think he's still a servicable bottom 6 winger that can defend, play the PK and chip in points now and again. I guess no one's willing to take a risk on him.

Crazy how much can change in a year.

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Columbus with Torts, Rangers with AV. Those two spots would be best for him, his career and his self worth after this.

Higgins is perfect for a team that wants to go deep and needs a 3rd liner who brings a type of consistency that is needed to win the Cup.

When a 23 year old, 1st rounder like Etem becomes available, Higgins becomes easily expendable.

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29 minutes ago, SedinMadness said:

not so sure its the right move. when others have failed higgins has stepped it up. Its easy to forget a guys experience and skill. just remember he showed up when some others didn't. sports is a funny thing... you want consistency... but whats consistent when there is no constent with the canucks. The one thing for sure is ... you got hard work from him, can we say that about burrows these days??

what are you talking about??? plus why are you whining about Burrows - he is next

 

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