Brendan Morrison, shown in 2008, spent his most productive years in Vancouver. ((Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press))

Brendan Morrison's attempted comeback with the Vancouver Canucks has fallen short.

Multiple media reports on Sunday afternoon said the 35-year-old centre has been released from his tryout contract by the NHL club as it cuts down to 23 players to begin the season this week.

Morrison later confirmed to Vancouver reporters that the Canucks hadn't offered him a contract.

Morrison, who began his career in 1997 with New Jersey, said he would wait to see if any other opportunities presented themselves.

Coach Alain Vigneault believes that will happen. He told reporters Sunday he doesn't expect Morrison to be out of work long, and that he'll provide a good reference should anyone call.

Morrison had 393 points in 543 games with Vancouver but after tearing up a knee two seasons ago, began an odyssey that led him through Anaheim, Dallas and Washington before agreeing to try again on the West Coast.

Vancouver sent five players to Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Sunday: Bill and Lee Sweatt, Sergei Shirokov, Yann Sauve, and Victor Oreskovich.