“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.”
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman has noted that Higgins has not asked for a trade.
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.