Report: Agent claims Canucks' Chris Higgins did not request trade
The Vancouver Canucks made the rare move Sunday to announce they are looking to move veteran left wing Chris Higgins, but the decision to try to trade Higgins is not due to any demands from the player himself. Higgins' agent, Matt Keator, told SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman that the team simply granted Keator permission to talk to other teams about moving Higgins as the Canucks look to pursue younger options.
Higgins is in his sixth season with the Canucks, but as a 32-year-old winger, he does not fit in well with the team's plans to go with young players moving forward. But Higgins' case is complicated as his contract with the Canucks goes through 2016-17 and includes a partial no-trade clause. The Canucks owe Higgins $2.5 million this year and another $2.5 million next season.
Higgins played for four other teams during his 12-year NHL career, as he spent five seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before spending parts of the next two seasons with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers. Higgins was traded to the Canucks at the 2011 trade deadline.
The 32-year-old has three points in 25 games this season for the Canucks and receives minimal ice time, as he has only played more than 15 minutes in a game nine times this season.