Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced the team will activate forward Antoine Roussel off of injured reserve today and will designate defenseman Alex Biega for assignment, but won’t put him on waivers until Sunday morning, meaning that the Canucks will have 24 players on their roster today.
Due to clause 16.12b of the CBA, according to the Province’s Patrick Johnson, a team that is activating a player off IR, is allowed to declare a player already on the roster, as a “non-roster” player, which is what Vancouver has done with Biega.
Roussel will get a chance to make his Canucks’ debut after the team signed him to a four-year, $12MM deal to add some grit to their bottom-six lines. The 28-year-old has been in injured reserve since the season started with concussion symptoms that he suffered during offseason training. While offense isn’t his primary role (five goals last year in Dallas), he provides the team a spark with his physical play as he racked up 126 penalty minutes a year ago and has accumulated 806 penalty minutes over his career.
The 30-year-old Biega will likely be returned to the Utica Comets of the AHL if he clears waivers. He played 44 games with the Canucks last season and but has been used as a healthy scratch so far this season.