The Canucks made a minor roster move Monday, placing some guy named Yannick Weber on waivers, as per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, a.k.a. The Waiver Oracle.
Yannick Weber (VAN) and Jason LaBarbera (EDM) on waivers today.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 18, 2013
As per my understanding of waivers, you can’t waive a guy who doesn’t play for your team, so that must mean that Yannik Weber is a member of the Vancouver Canucks. It’s weird, because I do not recall ever seeing him.
I checked the Canucks team roster, however, and Weber is there. According to the site, he’s a defenceman. A likely story. I vaguely recall the Canucks having a fourth-line forward named Weber. Is it the same guy? In any case, Weber is listed at 5’11″ and 200 pounds. He is alleged to have been born in 1988, if he even exists at all.
Anyway, this is all we know about him, and we’re pretty sure it’s the first time he’s ever been mentioned, as I don’t recall him playing a single game for the Canucks this season. I watch these games pretty closely, you guys. I think I would remember him. I’ll check the game logs, but I’m quite confident that he’s never — oh.
Oh right. Yannick Weber. The defenceman turned forward who signed with the Canucks in the offseason, presumably to play on the bottom pairing, only to lose his job completely to Ryan Stanton and be converted into a member of John Tortorella’s fourth line (which is entirely theoretical, like the document on which the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are supposedly based). Right. This guy.
Back when the Canucks claimed Stanton, we made a point of saying that he hadn’t stolen Weber’s job, just Andrew Alberts’. Our hypothesis was that Stanton would basically replace Alberts, but Weber would still get his reps as a natural righty.
It didn’t happen. Stanton settled in as a reliable, regular member of the Canucks’ blueline, Alberts became the official number seven, and Weber was rendered superfluous and turned into a forward during the Canucks’ recent spate of injuries, left to skate primarily with the likes of Tom Sestito — hardly a recipe for success.
Weber has played just 10 games for the Canucks this season, and in November, he’s spent just 2:46 on the ice — all during a blink-and-you-missed it 2:46 versus the Maple Leafs. Now the Canucks have decided, perhaps because they have another move coming or maybe just because Weber’s not doing them any good and the Comets could use the help, to send him to the AHL.
Understandably, they’re not too worried about losing him to waivers.
It’s a shame Weber didn’t get more of a chance to show what he can do at his natural position, or on the powerplay.
“I helped in Montreal when I was there,” he told Tony Gallagher of The Province last week. He also added that he occasionally looks at video of Sami Salo on the Canucks’ powerplay and yearns for the lost opportunity to be the new Salo (although by being out of the lineup so much, he sort of is, right?). “I still watch it now,” he said, “and he does have a very hard shot and I know when he was here they were very successful. I was sure that was one reason why they signed me.”
Before things changed, I think it was.
On the bright side, he should get a similar chance in Utica. Provided he’s not claimed by another team on the way down, a standout performance with the Comets (which shouldn’t be hard to accomplish, as the Comets are terrible) might earn him a real shot later in the year.