“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,” said general manager Jim Benning in a press release.
According to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, the 32-year-old is not with the team, and won’t return until his situation is “resolved.”
Higgins is not with team and won't be until situation is resolved, I was just told by team spokesman. #Canucks
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) January 10, 2016
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has noted that Higgins has not asked for a trade.
Higgins will not play while VAN searches for match. Told he has not asked for a trade, but team is trying to find a landing spot for him.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 10, 2016
Higgins has just three points in 25 games with the Canucks this season, after totalling 36 points in 77 games last year.
He is in the third year of a four-year $10-million contract which includes a modified no-trade clause.