Report: Agent claims Canucks' Chris Higgins did not request trade
JAN 11, 1:31p ET | Arielle Aronson
Rotowire: Jun 28 / 11:34a ET
News: Higgins cleared waivers Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Impact: The Canucks waived Higgins for the purpose of buying out his contract. His offensive production has steadily declined over the years, and he was limited to 33 games last season with various injuries getting in the way. Higgins wears that leadership hat just as well off the ice as he does on it, and it doesn't bode well for the 12-year veteran that he went unclaimed after getting placed on unconditional waivers.
Rotowire: Jun 27 / 10:09a ET
News: Higgins has been waived by the Canucks in order to buy him out of his contract, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Higgins saw his role drastically decrease over the course of the 2015-16 campaign, so it comes as little surprise that the organization has decided to move in a different direction. By buying out the 33-year-old, Vancouver will save an estimated $833,333 in cap space for next season. It remains unclear if the 33-year-old will find a landing spot, but he could be a depth addition for a team in need of veteran leadership,although fantasy owners still holding on to him should consider waiving him as well.
Rotowire: Jun 26 / 1:42p ET
News: Higgins is likely to get bought out by the Canucks, Matthew Sekeres of TSN 1040 reports.
Impact: Higgins has one year remaining on his four-year, $10 million contract. If the Canucks execute a buyout on the 33-year-old, it will only cost $833,333 against the cap in each of the next two seasons. After landing on waivers last January, Higgins ended up clearing and stayed in the Canucks organization. Unfortunately, he is often injured. In 2015-16, Higgins was limited to 33 games with his numbers -- three goals, one assist and a minus-14 rating -- rendering him useless in the majority of fantasy leagues.