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Caps claim Volpatti off waivers

Feb 28, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

Aaron Volpatti Getty Images

When the Vancouver Canucks placed forward Aaron Volpatti on waivers yesterday, they said they wanted him to play more in the AHL.

Apparently, the Washington Capitals had other ideas. Today, the Caps claimed the tough forward.

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

For Caps fans looking for more in-depth analysis, the Edmonton Journal has a good statistical breakdown of Volpatti’s game.

For Caps fans looking for less in-depth analysis, here’s Volpatti knocking out Brad Winchester with one punch:

  1. salmon90 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Good tough player who likes to hit and will fight pretty much anyone. He’s got a lot of heart but not really big enough or fast enough to make a huge impact…still sad to see him go though. Hope he gets given a good shot with the Caps.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      caps need someone with a backbone on their team. hendricks loses just about every fight he gets into

    • loinstache - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Yeah I was entertained by his short stay but it’s a crowded Canucks system and there are more physical players with more upside in the pipeline. Still, hope for the best for him

      • govtminion - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Hope all you want, but he’s still going to play for the Capitals, so… “the best” is off the table already. πŸ˜‰

  2. steverolley - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Great now the Canucks can bring up some true grit like Andrew Ebbett?

    Sad because he was one of the only guys who really gave a 100% every game and always was hitting.

    But hey I guess watching the Nuckleheads only give 60% a night, hit nobody, then talk about how they “were good enough to win” is pretty much what I’m expecting from this organization right now

    • loinstache - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      LOL yeah we gave up an enforcer who plays 7 mins a game, team’s gonna sink

      Was entertaining you watching you Peppmint Patti, but there’s not much use for a team planning on a cup run whose sole ability is hitting and fighting. Watch for his ‘replacement’ Pizzitto: bigger, faster more physical and more offensive.

      • loinstache - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        jesus all the typos

      • steverolley - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Yeah because the playoffs aren`t rough hockey.

        Look at the last four times the Canucks have lost in the playoffs


        They lost all of those series due to lack of grit. But I guess your one of those Nucks fans who is in it to be the regular season champs again

      • loinstache - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        damn steve you’re right. we didn’t lose those series because of goaltending, injuries, lack of secondary scoring and defensive break downs. we lost it because we didn’t have as many enforcers skating around taking penalties. yea, that sounds exactly like Chicago’s, Boston and LAs gameplan: skate around with as many brutes with little skill as possible.

        do you mind actually sending your opinions to mike gillis? I think the franchise has a lot to gain

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Our fourth line hasn’t won or lost us any playoff games that I can recall, and Aaron Volpatti was never going to play anywhere else.

      • steverolley - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        lionstache I guess you like the make up of the Canucks, I don’t

        They don’t hit, they don’t forecheck and they are soft along the boards

        So forgive me if I think I guy like Volpatti who can do all of the above is a loss for this team. Guys like Schroeder, Raymond, Higgins, Booth are not hard enough for the playoffs.

        And I don’t know if you watch the games or understand but yeah the Kings, Bruins, and Hawks (When they won the cup) all had major size throughout their line up.

        So lionstache keep living in your dream world where the Canucks can do no wrong, enjoy the regular season and get ready for late April Golf

      • loinstache - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        yeah it’s less about me thinking the canucks are perfect (which bravo you somehow managed to interpret from my messages) – Im a canucks fan, I’m used to the failure of my team – and more about your laughable arm chair GM skills

    • ikillchicken - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Uh…no. Now they can bring up some true grit like Steve Pinizotto. Ebbett is a replacement for the injured Kesler. It has nothing to do with the Volpatti situation. Please, learn the facts before you start complaining.

      • steverolley - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        True Grit Steve Pinzotto?

        Which gritty guy was that, the guy who was hurt all last year or the guy who was hurt pretty much all this year

    • steverolley - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM


      “We were hoping to get him through (waivers) so he plays lots down there and gets some PK work in,” said Canucks assistant GM Lorne Henning. “We hated to lose him. He’s a character kid.”

      So I guess my armchair GM skills aren’t that bad. Canucks still wanted him, Caps picked him up so seems like he might be a pretty solid player. Maybe accepting your teams failures is OK with you but I’d prefer they win

      • ikillchicken - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Yes. Every Canucks fan but you would prefer the Canucks didn’t win. We all just accept their failures and therefore think they should deliberately make bad moves. It’s definitely not that different people have different opinions about how to win. That’s just dumb. Everyone either agrees with you that this was a bad move…or wants the team to lose. That’s not a stupid thing to suggest at all.

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Really? The brad winchester fight? Lol
    I wouldn’t even call that a fight. So glad winchester is gone! haha

  4. cspsrbums - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Another 3rd or 4th liner to go along with a team that has nothing but 3rd and 4th liners

  5. capsfan19 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Man… Ha this season is lost.

  6. obnoxiousDCfan - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM


    We have enough names we won’t know next year.

  7. kaptaanamerica - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Lols, Volvo was awesome and we can get him back some time later when and if we Decide. I don’t know if Volvo could skate as well as the Nux wanted or brought other skills to the mix.

  8. operwapitsai - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    so we go from a possible trade for luongo to getting this guy from the canucks? I like this shift to a more durable and rugged NHL as teams look to get stronger instead of more skillful. should make for an entertaining playoffs

  9. thehighcountrybear - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Canucks lost to both Kings and Bruins because they were willing to be bag-slapped by giants like Brad Marchand [ pardon me while I dust off my gloves ]! The Canucks prove time and time again, they have no team collective of grit, toughness and heart: it begins and ends with the likes of the Sedins who simply refuse to get in on the hurly burly; why would anyone sell-out completely in rise to their defence when it will not be reciprocated? Until the entire Canucks team demonstrates a willingness to brawl, the brawls will be one-sided, this while cans and cojones shrink in proportion. Cue Tiny Tim: Tip toe through the tulips, with me…

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Loved the last line Jason

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