Johnson: Canucks parting ways with Virtanen made sense on many levels
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Sunday that forward Jake Virtanen has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
The Canucks are parting ways with the under-performing Virtanen after six seasons. He was placed on leave on May 1 after being accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a women four years earlier.
The Canucks are on the hook for paying a third of Virtanen’s remaining $3 million base salary, while freeing up $2.5 million in cap space.
Virtanen had five goals in 38 games last season, a year after scoring a career-high 18 goals in 69 games. Overall, Vancouver’s 2014 first-round draft pick has 55 goals and 100 points in 317 games.
Files from The Canadian Press were used for this report.