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CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG

Friday, January 11, 2008

Kris Claimed by Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks claimed Salmon Arm native, Kris Beech, off the waiver wire (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province; Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun).
In search of offensive spark, the Canucks turned to the waiver wire Thursday and plucked former first-round draft pick and Salmon Arm native Kris Beech.

The Canucks claimed Beech from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 6-foot-3, 211 pound centre's fourth NHL team in seven seasons, although he had two different stints with Washington.

Beech, 26, was travelling to Vancouver and couldn't be reached for comment. He's expected to play in tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
I don't mind this move at all. It's a low-risk, medium-reward move - Beech is on a two-way $585,000 contract this season and the Canucks are only responsible for the remaining half of it. He's a former high first-round draft pick and the hope is that Beech can help fill the void left by Brendan Morrison, a spot occupied by Jason Jaffray right now. Jaffray has been quiet recently and perhaps Beech can add some experience to that second line. He's also a big boy with good hands, which, especially after the Canucks were manhandled by the bigger Sharks team last night, can only help.

More on Beech from Canucks and Beyond, Waiting for Stanley and The Yankee Canuck.

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