Canucks exploring trade options for veteran forward Chris Higgins

The Vancouver Canucks on Sunday said they were actively trying to trade veteran forward Chris Higgins.

"As part of our transition to a younger team, I can confirm we're exploring trade options for Chris Higgins so we can create more roster space for our younger players to develop," general manager Jim Benning said in a statement.

"Chris is a quality person who has been an important member of our team for nearly five seasons. Our focus has been on finding a positive new situation for him and we will continue to do so."

Higgins, 32, has two goals and one assist in 25 games this season, his fifth with Vancouver, which acquired him in 2011 from the Florida Panthers.

In 703 career games for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Panthers and Canucks, he has 164 goals and 168 assists.