Canucks place Yannick Weber on waivers

Dec 19 2017, 8:01 pm

Another day, another NHL veteran placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks. This time it’s Yannick Weber, who every team in the league will have a chance to claim.

If he goes unclaimed, he will report to the Canucks’ farm team in Utica.

With Dan Hamhuis set to return to the lineup on Saturday, the team needed to move someone.

Weber’s stock has dropped fast.

The Swiss Olympian had a breakout season last year, scoring 11 goals and kickstarting the Canucks’ power play. His play on the power play has always been his calling card, but he was rather good defensively last year as well, playing with Hamhuis on the team’s second pairing.

With the addition of Matt Bartkowski and Ben Hutton this year, Weber was dropped down the depth chart right off the bat. When injuries hit, he was surpassed by Alex Biega too.

Weber has yet to score a goal in 35 games this season, while adding just 5 assists. He has averaged 2:42 of power play ice time, which is fifth highest on the team.

The 27-year-old offensive-minded blueliner is in the final year of a cap-friendly contract that pays him $1.5 million.

It will be interesting to see if Weber gets claimed. You have to think that Jim Benning has shopped him around the league and there were no takers. Still, defencemen are at a premium at this time of the year and there’s reason to believe that in the right situation (ie. a team that needs to boost their power play), he could help a team.

Perhaps the Calgary Flames, who have the league’s worst power play, could use Weber after losing Dennis Wideman to a 20-game suspension? Stay tuned.