Markstrom clears waivers, Canucks cut 11


Goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who was a part of the Roberto Luongo trade, cleared waivers Saturday.

Markstrom, 24, who appeared in four games for the Canucks last season following the trade, will now likely report to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

Four teams were reportedly interested in the Swede’s services, but he was not claimed prior to the noon eastern time deadline.

Following the Canucks 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Friday night, general manager Jim Benning announced the team had reduced its’ roster by 11.

First rounders Brendan Gaunce (2012) has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets while Jake Virtanen (2014) was returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

Vancouver also sent defenesmen Henrik Tommernes, Kent Huskins, John Negrin and Kane Lafranchise to Utica. Additionally, forwards Ronalds Kenins, Alex Friesen and goaltender Joe Cannata are headed to the Comets.

Forwards JT Wyman and Carter Bancks were released from their camp tryouts with the Canucks and will attend Utica Comets camp.

Update: According to Renaud Lavoie, the Canucks placed six players on waivers Saturday.

Begin signs deal with AHL Abbotsford

Steve Begin made a return to the NHL last season with the Calgary Flames and now he’ll be looking to stick around with them in the minor leagues.

The AHL’s Abbotsford Heat announced the signings of Begin and forward Carter Bancks to separate one-year deals.

Begin’s return to the NHL after a season out of hockey saw him suit up in 36 games for Calgary scoring four goals and adding four assists. He also had 22 penalty minutes.

A veteran of over 500 games in the league over his 13 seasons, Begin’s been a consistent third or fourth line player. He’ll now look to bestow his knowledge on the prospects in Calgary’s system.

Bancks, meanwhile, played two games with the Flames last season and the past four seasons with Abbotsford.