On Thursday, the Canucks waived three players they signed during the 2013 off-season. This wasn’t too surprising, as all three players — Zach Hamill, Pascal Pelletier, and Colin Stuart — were signed to be AHL depth and were not expected to challenge for a roster spot out of training camp. If they play with the Canucks this year, it will be because of injuries.
There are a few other players that fit that description at Canucks camp and one more was waived Friday: defenceman Alex Biega.
The question is why wasn’t Alex Biega waived at the same time as Hamill, Pelletier, and Stuart, who all cleared waivers and were assigned to the Utica Comets. Biega was kept around an extra day, perhaps because the Canucks are concerned about forwards and defencemen intermingling on the flight to Utica. They don’t want those risk-taking forward-types rubbing off on their defencemen.
Or perhaps they wanted to keep an extra defenceman around so they’d be sure to have an even number for practice. With Biega gone, that leaves the Canucks with thirteen defencemen in camp, with Patrick Mullen and John Negrin, also likely AHL depth, injured after the Canucks’ pre-season game on Wednesday.
In any case, it’s readily apparent why Biega was waived, as he would have needed an extraordinary performance to stick around longer and clearly struggled in his one pre-season game.
Biega will be a nice addition to the leadership group in Utica, having served as a captain at Harvard University for the 2009-10 season and an alternate captain with the Rochester Americans in 2011-12. He was actually an alternate with Rochester when Colin Stuart was captain, so has a familiarity with the veteran forward. Along with Pelletier, they could easily be the captain and alternates in Utica.Tags: Alex Biega, camp cuts