Vancouver Canucks Acquire Maxim Lapierre and Chris Higgins on Deadline Day

James EdgingtonContributor IFebruary 28, 2011

Chris Higgins
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It took until the last few seconds of the NHL deadline, but the Vancouver Canucks have addressed some of their needs. 

The first deal was with Anaheim. The Canucks sent Joel Perreault and a third-round pick in exchange for  Maxim Lapierre.  As Vancouver were in the hunt for a fourth-line center, Lapierre will likely fill that role. He's known as being a checker and agitator, and this season he has five goals, six assists and 11 points in 56 games.

Prospect MacGregor Sharp (25) was also included in the deal.

LW Chris Higgins is the player heading to Vancouver and Evan Oberg will be heading to Florida along with a third-round pick. Higgins is currently recovering from a hand injury, and in 48 games, he has 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points.

He will add extra depth for Vancouver and may find himself playing on the second line with Ryan Kesler, as Mason Raymond, who normally plays on second unit, has been struggling of late with only three goals in 2011 and a total of 10 for the season.