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Canucks Place Weber On Waivers

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With Dale Weise returning to the Canucks' lineup on Tuesday, management decided to stick with 14 forwards and 7 defencemen and put Yannick Weber on waivers. He is put on waivers because he was signed to a one-way $650,000 deal this summer.

"I just don't think Yannick earned a spot," said John Tortorella. "That's why he's not with us right now. He didn't play well enough to be in our 20. I hope it works out for him."

Francesco Aquilini chimed in:

"The decision was made that we were going to move one of our defencemen down rather than a forward. At this point, the coaching staff felt, based on the mix of players we have on our defence, Andrew Alberts was going to be a better fit than Yannick. Assuming Yannick clears, he'll be assigned to Utica."

Weber played in 10 games as a Canuck, mostly on an ignored 4th line role due to Canucks injuries. He possesses a hell of a (right-handed) shot and can still make an impact on an NHL team. He is only 25 years old. He may not even clear waivers by tomorrow morning. He might be claimed.

It is what it is. The Canucks want Andrew Alberts over Weber. I was hoping to see him get a chance to man the point and shoot some howitzers, but...nope. Weber himself even expressed that desire recently.
Good luck, Yannick.