It looks like Loui Eriksson might not get the chance to play out his six-year, $36 million dollar contract at the NHL level.
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Monday morning that they’ve waived Eriksson and Sven Baertschi for the purpose of AHL assignment. If both players clear waivers, they could either be named to the Canucks taxi squad, or they could be designated for assignment with the Utica Comets in the AHL.
BREAKING: footage of Canucks fans being told Loui Eriksson has been designated for assignment and placed on waivers. Side note: Dr. Henry gave this event a pass because it’s so damn special. pic.twitter.com/8LnomJNr4W— Chris Conte (@ChrisConte79) January 11, 2021
Eriksson has been one of the more disappointing free-agent acquisitions in franchise history. Throughout his four years in Vancouver, for former top-six winger has failed to crest 30 points in one season.
Sven Baertschi — who was signed to a three-year, $10.1 million dollar deal on July 1st, 2018, was also waived, along with five other players. Baertschi spent the majority of last season in the AHL with the Utica Comets. He has one year remaining on his deal.
Justin Bailey, Tyler Graovac, Ashton Sautner and Guillaume Brisebois were also all waived on Monday. It’s unclear at this point which of these players will join the taxi squad.