Chris Higgins on the trading block

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News from the Vancouver Canucks yesterday made it public to the media that right winger Chris Higgins was on the trade block and available to teams wishing to add depth. Yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks informed Chris Higgins that he was basically done with the NHL team. The news of Higgins now being officially on their trade list came in an unusual way, yesterday. This is normally business that is conducted behind close doors between management and the player with the player’s agent. Needless to say you have to question the motive behind the announcement made yesterday. The announcement was posted by the Vancouver Canucks and even Higgins himself on Instagram. Here is what the announcement looked like:

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning confirmed today that the club is exploring trade options for forward Chris Higgins.

“As part of our transition to a younger team, I can confirm we’re exploring trade options for Chris Higgins so we can create more roster space for our younger players to develop. Chris is a quality person who has been an important member of our team for nearly five seasons. Our focus has been on finding a positive new situation for him and we will continue to do so.”

Right Wing Chris Higgins
Higgins not in the Canucks plans

In only 25 games played this season, Higgins scored two goals and 1 assists, but was a minus -12. He spent six seasons with the Canucks and was a member of the team that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens fourteenth overall at the NHL 2002 Draft, Higgins compiled 64 goals with 68 assists in 703 NHL regular season games. In 62 playoff games, he scored 11 goals with 10 assists for 21 points. Aside the Vancouver Canucks, Higgins has also played for the Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, the New York Rangers and Montreal, the team that drafted him.

Yandle is New York’s best asset

A lot of teams are looking for a puck moving defenceman and the New York Rangers are shopping the defenceman, but not at nay price. The New York Rangers gave a lot to get Keith Yandle last year. In exchange for Yandle, the Rangers sent defenseman John Moore, forward prospect Anthony Duclair, a second-round pick, and a conditional first-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes.

The Rangers could try to resign him, but signing him to a long term del may put the Rangers in a difficult situation with the salary cap. They are already paying Mark Staal and Dan Girardi big money. Not much interest from Yandle and his agent has been expressed which would mean, they are already thinking about looking somewhere else if he is not traded by the trade deadline. Many teams are looking for an offensive defenseman in their quest for the Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars will be teams to watch. The Jonathan Drouin for Keith Yandle trade rumors has been circulating for some time now and could still be a possibility.

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