Canucks waive Parent after trade

The Predators shipped defenceman Ryan Parent to the Canucks on Tuesday. (QMI Agency/Alex Urosevic)

The Predators shipped defenceman Ryan Parent to the Canucks on Tuesday. (QMI Agency/Alex Urosevic)

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Ryan Parent was traded to the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday but appears to now be without a home.

Parent, a former first-round pick of the Predators who has twice been Nashville property but never played an NHL game with them, was traded to the Canucks along with forward Jonas Andersson.

USA Today reported that Parent, dealt to Nashville by the Philadelphia Flyers in June for the rights to free agent defenceman Dan Hamhuis, was then waived by the Canucks.

The Canucks sent blueliner Shane O'Brien and forward Dan Gendur to the Preds in a move designed to shed some salary. O'Brien will make $1.6 million this season, too rich for the Canucks, who are up tight against the salary cap.

Parent played 48 games with the Flyers last season, contributing one goal and two assists. He signed a two-year, $1.85 million deal with the Predators after being acquired from Philly.

O'Brien, 27, has played in 299 games and gives Nashville a physical presence on the back end. He had two goals and six assists in 65 games with the Canucks last season.

ISLES GRAB PANTHER

The New York Islanders dipped into the Florida Panthers roster to add another prospect Tuesday.

The Isles grabbed former Canucks first-rounder Michael Grabner off waivers from the Panthers then waived forward Andy Hilbert to reduce their roster to 26.

"Michael is a former first-round selection and a talented winger who has tremendous offensive ability," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said.

Grabner, a 23-year-old from Villach, Austria, had five goals and six assists in 20 games as a rookie with the Canucks last year.

Hilbert signed a two-way contract with the Islanders in August after playing primarily with the Minnesota Wild's AHL affiliate last season. He played three seasons in New York (2006-09) before joining the Wild.

BURMISTROV SIGNS

Forward Alex Burmistrov will start the season in the NHL after signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday.

Burmistrov, the Thrashers first-round pick last summer, impressed team brass enough during training camp to open the season in Atlanta.

"Alex continuously improved throughout training camp and has earned the opportunity to compete at this level," Thrashers GM Rick Dudley said. "He has worked hard, has a tremendous understanding of the game and fits in well. We look forward to his continued development and contributions to our success."

Eighteen-year-old Burmistrov has 22 goals and 43 assists in 62 games with the Barrie Colts of the OHL last season. He was picked eighth overall in the 2010 draft.

SHARKS CUT LILJA

Former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Andrea Lilja will not be signed by the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks released Lilja, who attended camp on a tryout basis, on Tuesday.

"Andreas had a very competitive camp and played well for us but we also have several young defenceman who played well," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They have put in their time in the organization and we feel that they have earned and deserve an opportunity to compete for a spot on this team."

Lilja missed most of the 2009-10 season with concussion-related problems, playing just 20 games with the Red Wings.

SABRES GOOD TO GO

Buffalo winger Thomas Vanek declared himself fit to play in the Sabres season opener Friday against the Ottawa Senators.

Vanek skated Tuesday for the first time since taking a knock to the head in a pre-season win over Montreal last week. He has not received clearance to play Friday but felt he would be ready.

Backup goalie Patrick Lalime, bothered by a going injury in the pre-season, also returned to the ice Tuesday. Coach Lindy Ruff said Lalime would likely be in the lineup against Ottawa.

The Sabres also waived fourth-line forward Matt Ellis Tuesday.


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