Sep 16, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels (57) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber (6) try to take possession of the puck during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Place Yannick Weber on Waivers

The Vancouver Canucks have placed defenceman Yannick Weber on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the Utica Comets.

The Canucks announced the move in anticipation of right winger Dale Weise‘s return to the lineup.

Weise has missed the past ten games with a leg injury and declared himself ready to return on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

You would think Weber was ahead of defenceman Andrew Alberts of the depth chart. Alberts has played in three games only and he played 10:22, 37 seconds, and 1:49.

Apparently not.

“I like our back end, as far as the defencemen we have,” Canucks head coach John Tortorella said (via The Province). “There wasn’t a spot, Alberts is sitting out. It’s tough but you have to make decisions. We used him at forward when we had injuries. I just don’t think he earned a spot, and that’s why he’s not with us right now.

“I hope it works out for him. I’m not sure what’s going to happen if he clears (waivers). Does he go to Utica? I’m sure a guy like him has some other things to think about.”

It sounds like the move was partially motivated by the displeasure of Weber’s agent Larry Kelly over his client’s playing time and role with the team.

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