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If he goes unclaimed, the 27-year-old Wiercioch will likely be reassigned to the minors, where he last played in 2012-13 when with AHL Binghamton.
Wiercioch joined the Canucks on Saturday upon signing a one-year, one-way contract valued at 0,000.
"Patrick has excellent mobility for a player his size and possesses a big shot from the point," said Benning.
Tony Granato, the USA’s Olympic coach, is also coaching that team.“I’ve always admired him for his skill and what he has,” Granato said. He can juggle a lot of minutes in a lot of situations.
He’s a good all-around player.”Gilroy considered trying to come back to the NHL on a two-way contract this season, but the opportunity to play in the Olympics weighed in his decision to stay in the KHL, where players earn wages commensurate with NHL salaries.
“What I’ve gained in life experiences …meeting different people, learning about different cultures, languages ... The skating aspect, a lot more room to work with, does help me.”As one of the KHL’s top offensive defensemen, Gilroy looked like a favorite to make the Olympic roster as soon as it was announced NHL players wouldn’t be going.
to say that is my life is pretty cool.”His playing style also turned out to be better suited for the international ice surface, which is 15 feet wider than the NHL's.“I found a niche,” said Gilroy, who has 103 points in four KHL seasons. Gilroy played with the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, and now will be participating in the Deutschland Cup in Germany this weekend.