The Vancouver Canucks placed Chris Higgins on waivers Tuesday morning.
The move will come as no surprise to Canucks fans, as Trevor Linden indicated the plan speaking with Sportsnet during the first intermission of Monday’s game.
In fact, fans and media league-wide knew Vancouver had no desire to have Higgins play another minute for them after the team’s press release Sunday, indicating they’d be sending Higgins home while trying to trade him.
Should Higgins clear waivers his cap hit will be $950,000 for the Canucks.
Hockey minds around the league have turned their heads at Vancouver’s unprecedented handling of the Higgins situation.
Elliotte Freidman’s theory – from 30 thoughts:
The Canucks were roasted locally for letting Frankie Corrado get away on waivers, and this move undoubtedly was made to prepare the fanbase for the possibility it could happen again.
Speaking with Sportsnet, Linden said the team made their intentions public so they could get ahead of the news, and so those around the team wouldn’t have to hide anything.
“We feel happy with the way we’ve handled this situation,” Linden said.