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Higgins in walking boot after Canucks’ preseason opener

Chris Higgins

Vancouver Canucks’ Chris Higgins celebrates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


The day after exiting Vancouver’s first exhibition game following a blocked shot, Chris Higgins was seen wearing a walking boot on Tuesday and, per assistant coach Glen Gulutzan, will undergo more tests to determine the severity of his injury.

Higgins was hurt getting in front of a slapshot from Sharks d-man Brenden Dillon, as seen here.

The 32-year-old is heading into the third of a four-year, $10 million deal with a $2.5M average annual cap hit. A serviceable, dependable winger that’s hit double digit goals in each of the last five seasons, Higgins has been bandied about as a potential trade chip given Vancouver has some young forwards looking to get to the NHL level, like Jake Virtanen and Hunter Shinkaruk.

Higgins’ injury could create a job opportunity, assuming it carries over to the start of the regular season.