Canucks: Loui Eriksson on waivers, is his time in Vancouver over?

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 29: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Vancouver Canucks warms up prior to action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 29: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Vancouver Canucks warms up prior to action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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The Vancouver Canucks have placed veteran forward, Loui Eriksson, on waivers. Has his time with the Canucks and the National Hockey League come to an end?

Today could go down as one of the biggest waiver wire days in the history of the NHL, and for the Vancouver Canucks as well. As the NHL gears up for its big return, roughly 100 skaters are predicted to be placed on waivers today.

What does that mean for the Canucks? Well, they’ve already made some moves, including placing veteran winger, Loui Eriksson on waivers for the purpose of a demotion to the Utica Comets. The news was confirmed by TSN’s Canucks Insider, Rick Dhaliwal.

Yes, the 35-year-old Swede did in fact receive the axe today, something that fans have been calling for for quite some time. Eriksson — entering the fifth year of the six-year contract he signed with the Canucks — has been nothing short of a colossal disappointment.

Originally, he was brought in to play with the twins because of their excellent chemistry on the world stage, it was undeniable. But for whatever reason, that chemistry never transpired to the NHL. And ever since the Sedins retired, Eriksson has been the Canucks highest-paid player, but he’s never played like it.

Instead, Eriksson quickly went from a 30-goal guy to somebody with no offensive upside. It happened overnight. The night of his first game as a Canuck, he put the puck in his own net and the rest is history… It was a debut he’d wish to forget, but unfortunately, it followed his career in Vancouver, something he’s never been able to recover from.

At least that’s one way to look at it. Honestly, there could be several reasons for Eriksson never working out in Vancouver, but the reality is he’s now Utica bound and his days as a Vancouver Canuck are likely over.

Through 245 games with the Canucks, Eriksson managed to produce 38 goals and 89 points.

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