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Shane O'Brien is headed to the American Hockey League, or another NHL club, after the Vancouver Canucks waived him on Saturday. ((Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images))

Veterans Shane O'Brien and Darcy Hordichuk were waived by the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Defenceman O'Brien joined the Canucks just before the 2008-09 season and had been in and out of coach Alain Vigneault's doghouse since. The rugged blue-liner had two goals and six assists in 65 regular-season games last season, with 79 penalty minutes.

O'Brien played in all 12 playoff games for Vancouver, scoring a goal for the second consecutive post-season campaign.

Forward Hordichuk provided grit to the Canucks over the past two seasons, with 251 penalty minutes in 129 games.

If the players go unclaimed on waivers, they'll be assigned to Manitoba in the American Hockey League on Monday.

In addition to trimming the roster, the Canucks needed to shed salary to get under the cap, making the pair expendable. 

General manager Mike Gillis still has some hard decisions to make up front to get the Canucks down to 23 players ahead of the regular season.

Peter Schaefer and Brendan Morrison are among the veterans trying to prolong their NHL careers, while Cody Hodgson and Alex Bolduc are among the younger set trying to gain a foothold.

Vancouver begins the regular season on Oct. 9 against Los Angeles.