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Vancouver claims Chicago’s Stanton off waivers

Sep 30, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have snagged Blackhawks defenseman Ryan Stanton from waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Stanton, an undrafted free agent signed by Chicago in 2010, has spent the last few seasons in AHL Rockford, making one appearance for the Blackhawks during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign before suiting up for the Black Aces during the Stanley Cup run.

Chicago’s decision for the eighth and final defenseman spot for this season reportedly came down to Stanton and Mike Kostka, the latter of whom spent last year with Toronto before signing with the ‘Hawks during the offseason.

Kostka won that position battle, forcing Chicago to put Stanton on waivers.

  1. davebabychreturns - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I have no idea who this person is and I am still completely certain he’s a better player than Andrew Alberts.

    • esracerx46 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      He’s a very steady defenseman…at the AHL level. Obviously that doesn’t always translate to the NHL. He wore a letter for the Icehogs last year. Hard working guy that will do whatever is asked. Will hit, has some offensive ability. A poor mans Nik Hjalmarsson. Not quite the shot blocker Niklas is. A very solid player I was hoping to see more of in white and red.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I’m not that down on Alberts, but Stanton at 24 could be a good depth D-man going forward.

  2. imleftcoast - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I thought AHLberts was one of the better Canucks in the playoffs, but he’s back to pylon status. This may be a good pickup for Vancouver.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      I remember when Alberts was in Philly and I absolutely despised him. He provided nothing but negative plays. I don’t know anything about Stanton but if he was close to making the Hawks defensive unit then he’s gotta be far better than Alberts.

  3. Recovering WS - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    He is solid with a ceiling to his upside. He’s a 3rd liner but the Hawks are so loaded at that position both in the NHL and AHL that they really had no place for him but in Rockford

  4. earpaniac - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I wanted to see more of him, but who’s minutes was he going to take? This is the bad part of having an incredibly deep talented team.

  5. elvispocomo - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    And Stanton sticks with Alberts and Weber also staying, meaning there are 8 D and 13 forwards after sending Shinkaruk back to junior to make the roster limit.

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