The Vancouver Canucks
placed goalie Curtis Sanford
on waivers Wednesday morning as starting goaltender Roberto Luongo
prepares to return after missing 23 games with a groin injury.
"It was a very challenging decision for us, Curtis is not only really respected and liked by his teammates, but the whole coaching staff and management felt exactly the same way," said head coach Alain Vigneault
. "Without sharing with you how we came to that decision, we had a decision to come to and I told Curtis this morning that we were putting him on waivers.
"I'm not going to get into the specifics [behind the decision]. Curtis is a good goaltender and a good person. If he gets picked up we’re going to wish him the best, if not he’s going to go to Manitoba. At this time we’re going to go with Jason [LaBarbera]."
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