Vancouver claims Chicago’s Stanton off waivers

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The Vancouver Canucks have snagged Blackhawks defenseman Ryan Stanton from waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Stanton, an undrafted free agent signed by Chicago in 2010, has spent the last few seasons in AHL Rockford, making one appearance for the Blackhawks during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign before suiting up for the Black Aces during the Stanley Cup run.

Chicago’s decision for the eighth and final defenseman spot for this season reportedly came down to Stanton and Mike Kostka, the latter of whom spent last year with Toronto before signing with the ‘Hawks during the offseason.

Kostka won that position battle, forcing Chicago to put Stanton on waivers.