Jan 20, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Aaron Volpatti (15) during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Place Aaron Volpatti on Waivers

The Vancouver Canucks have placed winger Aaron Volpatti on waivers in a surprising move on Wednesday.

Despite being 6’0″ and 215 pounds, Volpatti has been the prototypical fourth line forward for the Canucks this season. He has been a consistent physical presence every shift and has been willing to drop the gloves with anybody.

Volpatti arguably has been a better fourth liner than Dale Weise, but Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy says the decision was made for Volpatti to go on waivers because he didn’t kill penalties while Weise did. The Canucks did not want to risk losing one of their defencemen on waivers either.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the move was necessitated by the return of right winger Steve Pinizzotto. He is currently an injured non-roster player and had been playing with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League during the lockout on an AHL contract. Pinizzotto has been out since November 24 with a partial groin tear and cannot return to the Wolves with the lockout over. The Canucks needed the roster spot to activate Pinizzotto to send him down to the Wolves on a conditioning stint.

The official word from Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman is the team wanted him to get more icetime and get some penalty killing work down in the minors with the Wolves.

“We would like Aaron to go down and play more, particularly kill penalties,” Gilman told the Vancouver Sun. “We do not plan to call someone up today.”

Wolves general manager Wendell Young told News 1130 that he would like Volpatti to join the team, but doesn’t think he will clear waivers.


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