Alex Biega is coming off the Canucks’ active roster to make room for Antoine Roussel.
Travis Green said it was a difficult decision to take Biega off the NHL roster.
“He’s a good man. Dedicated worker, great character,” he said.
Because Roussel was on injured reserve, under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league, the Canucks will be allowed to dress Roussel tonight and not put Biega on waivers first thing Sunday morning, even though it might appear they will have 24 players on the roster.
Under clause 16.12b of the CBA, a team activating a player off IR is allowed to declare a player already on the roster as “non-roster” — which they’ve done wth Biega — with the intention of placing him on waivers the next day. (This clause can also be used when a player is acquired via trade, like the Canucks did a year ago when they traded for Derrick Pouliot. They designated Patrick Wiercioch for assignment at that time.)
If Biega clears waivers, he’ll likely be reassigned to the Utica Comets.
The former Harvard defenceman signed a two-year extension last winter which began this season. It runs through the end of the 2019-20 season and carries a $825,000 cap hit when he’s on the NHL roster.
He’s suited up for 138 NHL contests since making his Canucks debut in 2014-15, while playing 150 American Hockey League games with the Comets. He joined the Comets in 2013-14 after playing one season in the AHL with the Portland Pirates and then two with the Rochester Americans. Biega played hockey at Harvard University and graduated in 2010. He was the 116th captain in Harvard hockey history.
Roussel is expected to skate on a line with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser.
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