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The Vancouver Canucks have made a decision on winger Chris Higgins, as they waived the veteran on Wednesday. This is coming off finding no trade partner in the past few days for him. Higgins has one more year left on his deal, worth $2.5 million.
In 25 games this season, Higgins has 2 goals, 1 assist, with a plus minus of minus 12. Higgins this season has been off to a really slow start, not producing on the Canucks this season. This is surprising since the winger had 12 goals, 24 assist, with a plus minus of plus 8 last season.
He may have started off slowly, but Higgins is still a good 3rd or 2nd line winger. Higgins can score at least 10 plus goals a season, which is pretty good for a second or third liner more likely third liner.
Even though Higgins can score goals, another attribute he has is his ability to pass the puck setting up goals, getting 20 plus assists in the last two seasons. Higgins is also not a bad guy to put on the penalty kill.
The Canucks tried to trade the winger, but could not find a trade partner. The only logical thing to do was waive Higgins. The Canucks are trying to become a younger hockey team. Higgins does not have much value to the team right now, seeing how he has been performing this season.
If Higgins does clear waivers, and does not get sent to the AHL, he could be a valuable piece to a playoff team right now. If a team wants to clear him off waivers, they have to look past this season and look at the production that Higgins has produced in his entire career.
If he does not clear waivers, Higgins could be a good mentor for the players with the Utica Comets. Higgins can also help out the Comets when it comes to pushing to the playoffs. The team currently stands in 9th place in the western conference with 37 points, one point behind the 8th place Syracuse Crush who have 38 points.