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Vancouver Canucks waive forward Jake Virtanen for purposes of buyout

Mar 15, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks placed forward Jake Virtanen on unconditional waivers Sunday for the purposes of a buyout.

Virtanen, 24, registered five goals and zero assists in 38 games in 2020-21, his sixth season with the Canucks.

The 2014 first-round pick (sixth overall) has 100 points (55 goals, 45 assists) and 219 penalty minutes in 317 games.

Virtanen signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract last October. The British Columbia native is subject to a one-third buyout because he is under 26.

According to Cap Friendly, the buyout will cost the Canucks a $50,000 cap hit in 2021-22 — a $2.5 million savings — and a $500,000 cap hit in 2022-23.

–Field Level Media