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Canucks reassign winger Chris Higgins to AHL

The Vancouver Canucks placed winger Chris Higgins on waivers Tuesday after announcing a few days earlier that they intended to trade him.

Higgins, 32, has another year left on his deal next season at $2.5 million.

He cleared waivers Wednesday, and later in the day was reassigned to the AHL Utica Comets.

The Canucks announced they want to continue to make their roster younger after trading for Emerson Etem on Friday and deemed Higgins expendable as part of that process. Etem is 23.

Higgins, a good penalty killer, has two goals and one assist in 25 games this season. He had 12 goals and 24 assists in 77 games last season.

In 703 career games for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Canucks, he has 164 goals and 168 assists.