The Vancouver Canucks have terminated the contract of defenceman Adam Polasek after he cleared waivers on Christmas day.
#Canucks place A. Polasek on waivers for purposes to terminate his contract.
— Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) December 24, 2013
#Canucks D Adam Polasek has cleared waivers.
— Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) December 25, 2013
The 22 year old defenceman has bounced between the Kalamazoo Wings and Utica Comets this season. Polasek played in 16 games with the Wings putting up a goal and assist. He had no points in two games with the Comets.
This is the second contract the Canucks have terminated in as many weeks. Last week, the Canucks terminated the contract of Zach Hamill after he grew unhappy with his role and walked away from the team.
It’s likely Polasek grew unhappy with his role as well having been passed by the likes of Peter Andersson and Henrik Tommernes on the depth chart.
With the termination of two contracts, the Canucks 50-player reserve list now sits at 47 players. It will give the team flexibility in the new year and at the trade deadline to add players.
One player on the Comets the Canucks might have interest signing to a NHL contract is Cal O’Reilly, who has 10 points in 13 games and has been one of their best players since his arrival in mid-November.
Another might be veteran defenceman Kent Huskins. Both players have NHL experience and will provide the Canucks with players that can plug into the lineup when injuries occur.