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Canucks put forward Volpatti on waivers

Feb 27, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Aaron Volpatti on waivers, as reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

Volpatti has one goal in 16 games and is second on the Canucks with 42 hits. The 27-year-old fourth-liner has also fought four times.

Canucks beat writer Ben Kuzma (The Province) thinks there “could be another roster move coming,” so stay tuned.

Vancouver lost to Phoenix, 4-2, last night at Rogers Arena. The Canucks have three days off before hosting the Kings on Saturday.

Update: According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, forward Steve Pinizzotto could be on his way to Vancouver. The 28-year-old had been turning heads for the Canucks’ AHL affiliate in Chicago before hurting his groin.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Hard to figure…one of the few Canucks with the spools to mix it up, fire up the team, bring a chronically lethargic home crowd to their feet, and now he’s up for grabs? This leaves the badly miscast Kassian to stand-up for the likes of Tanev who, on any other team would be perfectly willing and able to fend for himself, but was left mortified when Kassian had to rise to his defence after a clinically perfect take-out by Tootoo in Detroit? Canucks are at sea and are searching for identity in a rudderless ship…lose the persecution complex, lose Gillis, lose Vigneault, promote Bowness, and bring back respectability on par with that held during the Snepts and Smyl eras!

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Uh huh.

    • loinstache - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Pinizzotto (the player returning from injury) is a better hockey player than Volpatti in every aspect, including physicality. Also thanks for reminding how hilarious Tootoo’s turtle was against Kassian, I’ve honestly never seen a physical player give up that quickly before

  2. davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Pretty entertaining player for the pay grade, but not a particularly effective one.

    Canucks assistant GM is saying they want to get Volpatti minutes on the farm in defensive situations.. no doubt that aspect of his game needs serious work.

    Word from the Oilers beat reporter (Ryan Rishaug) is, that team will take a look at putting in a claim. If so, seeya Aaron.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Tootoo…turtle? Not in his game girly boy! Kassian took an inordinately stupid minor, jumped in on a clean hit, embarrassed his teammate, then watched Detroit fill the net. Trust me, if Kassian had really wanted to go, he would have done so rather than looking for nickels after blind-siding Tootoo as third man in…but then he would have been fed his lunch! I’m still trying to figure out where a guy like Kassian got it in his head he’s a scrapper. Back with the Sedins, he’d be better able to develop his skills. I hate to see decent young players channeled into tough-guy roles by coaches without regard for the players over-all career development.

    • gramkind - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Oh look a something about Canucks and sure as heck, here comes THCB with something negative to say. Watch this thread to see how many times he can vote up his own comments. You are right Tootoo totally didn’t drop to the ground and turtle not at all.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Gee, it’s so weird that the Canucks put the notion into Kassian’s head that he was a tough guy.. way back in junior when they had zero relationship to this player and he was getting into bar fights and being handed 20 game suspensions.

      Still, pretty impressive that the Canucks are able to get out there and influence the decision making of prospects whose rights are held by other organizations – no?

  4. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    What votes…I work off an iPad? I call it as I see it. Try as I might, I can’t find anything that prohibits bloggers from trashing the easily trash-able Canucks and those among their fan base incapable of accepting the fact Canucks are subject to the same failings as are all NHL teams. Canucks supporters have long betrayed some misguided and wholly unwarranted sense of entitlement…? Win something of consequence, then come bark with the big dogs…

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Lols really? Canucks are struggling right now but the organization has learned from the best (Detroit) and is consistently putting a Solid team on the ice since the west coast express was putting fear into opposing goalchies.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    But look at how Kassian played when partnered with the brothers Sedin…? Nurture skill potential rather than goon potential…anyone can goon it up in this day and age with the instigator rule in place, not so skill. Look at Bob Probert’s goal production when riding shot gun for Steve Yzerman…skill will flourish in a skill-based milieu!

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