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Kyle Wellwood, left, could be suiting up for the Canucks after Vancouver claimed him off waivers on Wednesday. ((Gerry Broome/Associated Press))

The Vancouver Canucks claimed centre Kyle Wellwood off waivers on Wednesday, a day after he was put on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We're really pleased. We think he's a guy that we are prepared to put a lot of time and effort into and work with," Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis told the Canadian Press. "We're quite pleased to have acquired him."

Wellwood, 25, finished with just eight goals and 13 assists in 59 games last season.

The Windsor, Ont., native missed 57 games over the past two seasons due to a nagging sports hernia injury, and recently cracked a bone in his foot.

He is expected to fully recover in time for training camp.

The Canucks will need to make a qualifying offer to Wellwood to prevent him from becoming a free agent on Tuesday. Wellwood earned $950,000 US last season.

Wellwood, selected in the fifth round of the 2001 draft, has scored 31 goals and 77 assists in 189 NHL games, all with Toronto.

With files from the Canadian Press