Vancouver Canucks attempting to move Chris Higgins

Alex Burrows, Henrik Sedin and Willie Desjardins of the Vancouver Canucks comment on the potential trade of forward Chris Higgins.

The Vancouver Canucks are trying to trade veteran forward Chris Higgins, the club confirmed Sunday.

“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.