The Vancouver Canucks knew it would be a risky move, but it was one they were willing to take in order to give fourth-liner Aaron Volpatti more minutes on the ice with their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. It was also a necessary move to make room for Steve Pinizzotto after taking him off injured reserve. Either way, it was a better situation for Volpatti since he would most likely be getting more ice time regardless if it came from the Wolves or another team.
Volpatti was undrafted and signed with the Canucks as a free agent in March 2010. He resigned a one-year, two-way contract with them this past off-season. He was recently getting less time on the ice than any other player on the Canucks at an average of 7:18. Unfortunately for Vancouver, Volpatti didn’t clear waivers and was picked up by the Washington Capitals yesterday. He will be adding some much needed edge to the Capitals lineup. Although, as he told The Vancouver Sun, he has mixed feelings about what has transpired:
“It’s a bit of a mixed feeling,” Volpatti said before he left for Washington. “I’m happy to stay in the NHL and have a new opportunity but Vancouver was my first shot and, being a B.C. kid, I really loved it here. So, as I said, it’s a bit of a mixed feeling.”
In the most recent developments to this story, the Canucks just announced this afternoon that they’ve claimed winger Tom Sestito off of waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. It appears that Vancouver just replaced what they lost in Volpatti, but would assume he will likely be assigned to the Wolves as was the plan for Volpatti.
The Canucks play tomorrow at home against the Los Angeles Kings. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 at Rogers Arena.