Canucks place Wellwood on waivers

For the second time in less than four months, Kyle Wellwood has been placed on waivers.

For the second time in less than four months, Kyle Wellwood has been placed on waivers.

The Vancouver Canucks waived the forward on Friday. The Canucks signed Wellwood, 25, just after the Toronto Maple Leafs waived him in late June after three up-and-down seasons.

Wellwood didn't make a good first impression with his new club, struggling to pass the team's physical when training camp opened.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault put the player on notice, and while he added points in a handful of preseason games, Wellwood has dressed for just one regular season contest.

Never the most toned player even at full health, Wellwood has battled a sports hernia injury the past two seasons and cracked a bone in his foot in the spring.

Wellwood's cause hasn't been helped by the fact that Vancouver has managed to pour in 16 goals in four games without him playing a role.

The Windsor, Ont., native has scored 31 goals and added 77 assists in 190 career games.

Wellwood's NHL salary for the current season is just under $1 million US. The Canucks can send him to Manitoba of the American Hockey League if he is not claimed by another NHL club.