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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning confirmed today that the club is exploring trade options for forward Chris Higgins.
“As part of our transition to a younger team, I can confirm we’re exploring trade options for Chris Higgins so we can create more roster space for our younger players to develop. Chris is a quality person who has been an important member of our team for nearly five seasons. Our focus has been on finding a positive new situation for him and we will continue to do so.”
Higgins has played in 27 games this year, 1g, 2a and -12.
Word is $2.5M per year.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Chris Higgins’ latest illness is the result of a reaction to medication the Vancouver Canucks winger had been prescribed to help battle recurring staph infections.
Higgins remains in Vancouver and Canucks coach Alain Vigneault does not know exactly when he will return to the lineup.
“We got the results from the exams that they did and it is a reaction to the anti-biotics he was taking for the staph infection,” Vigneault said Monday. “Now they have got him on new medication. I didn’t talk to Bernie (trainer Mike Burnstein) after practice, but they were texting back and forth before practice and he was starting to be able to hold some food in. So we are hoping that as soon as he gets his strength back he’ll be able to join us.”
Higgins was said to be suffering flu-like symptoms and was left behind in Vancouver when the Canucks departed Friday on their current four-game road trip.
Vigneault acknowledged there is concern about Higgins’ health. He has had two separate staph infections this season and had another just over a year ago while with the Florida Panthers.
from Cam Tucker of the Vancouver Sun,
Chris Higgins is out of the lineup due to an ailing hand - similar to the staph infection to his foot that sidelined him for two games earlier this month - and will not travel with the team to California, where the Canucks will play the next three games, beginning tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
Higgins, who didn’t skate Tuesday, arrived at Rogers Arena for practice with a swollen hand and was sent to hospital to undergo more tests, said head coach Alain Vigneault.
“We’re not exactly sure what it is, but we’re sort of assuming that it’s the same thing he had on his foot,” said Vigneault.
“The doctor this morning looked at him and his first reaction was he probably has this virus and it’s tough to deal with viruses. So they’re going to do the best they can here to pin-point the exact nature of it.”
more on the Canucks…
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
“Your foot swells up, it turns all red and it is not comfortable,” he added. “You just feel it all the time. It feels like someone is blowing air in a balloon pretty much with the amount of pressure you have.”
His teammates haven’t yet started calling him Bigfoot, but if this keeps happening. . .
What concerns Higgins is the fact that no one has been able to figure out why it is happening.
“It’s scary because I don’t know how I got it and I don’t really know where it’s from,” he said. “And I guess once you get it you are more susceptible to getting it another time, so it’s something I am going to have to be very conscious of going forward.” Higgins hasn’t been able to get answers to many of the questions he has about his foot. For example, he wonders if the virus had just been sitting dormant for the past year and will it return?
Montreal has looked good thus far against the Rangers. New York is only a point behind Montreal, who sit sixth, so this game is one of those “four pointers” we often hear about. David Desharnais and Benoit Pouliot have looked sharp today, while the Habs patchwork defence valiantly tries to hold off Gaborik and co without James Wisniewski, out with the flu.
We’re three weeks from the trade deadline, and one thing has been abundantly clear in this Habs game: they’re too small.
Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.
Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.
Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.
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As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)
In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)
To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Christopher Higgins.
No terms mentioned yet.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
Christopher Higgins’s mother, Sue, is thrilled beyond words on Long Island, her son soon to be playing much nearer home. His father, Bobby, is another matter. A Canadiens fan “for 50 years,” Higgins says, Bobby Higgins is burying his son’s Canadiens paraphernalia. Or at least putting it behind closed doors in the basement for now….
I reached Higgins at his summer home on Long Island, where the day’s trade to the New York Rangers was still sinking in. He spoke glowingly of his time in Montreal and of the fans in this city, no matter their voice on any particular night.
New York is a dream come true. But leaving Montreal doesn’t happen without many memories being stirred.
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.
Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.
added 5:03pm, via TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.
added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.
added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,
“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without the services Mathieu Dandenault indefinitely after the forward/defenceman suffered a broken left arm in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Dandenault left the game 14:58 into the second period with his arm dangling after he was hit into the corner from an odd angle by Flames forward Dustin Boy. The hit is what appeared to have caused the injury.
Forward Christopher Higgins also suffered an ‘‘upper body’’ injury in the contest. He will have an MRI on Wednesday to asses the extent of the injury.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau thinks Christopher Higgins suffers from an identity crisis.
“Chris has to understand what kind of player he is,” Carbonneau said after the Canadiens practised yesterday at the Bell Centre. “He’s an up-and-down skater who has to go straight to the net. We want him to be the player we drafted. He has 21 goals and, if you look at them, 15 or 16 of them were scored from five feet away from the net.”
Higgins, who is his worst critic, has struggled at times this season and Carbonneau feels it’s because the left-winger is trying to do too much.
from the CP via Yahoo,
With Higgins’ combination of speed, skill and willingness to battle for pucks, the only question now is how much of an impact player he will become.
He had 23 goals as a rookie in 2005-06 and 22 last season, despite missing 21 games either sick or injured. The No. 40 was suggested and the six-foot-200-pound Higgins nodded.
“I definitely think I’m capable of reaching 40 goals,” he said. “That’s a good marker for me.