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Potvin heading back to the minors

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2001

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Struggling Vancouver Canucks goaltender Felix Potvin agreed to report to Kansas City of the International Hockey League on Sunday.

It will be the first time Potvin, 29, has been in the minors since the 1992-93 season, when he played in five games with St. John's of the AHL.

Canucks general manager Brian Burke said the team still has to clear Potvin's immigration status, and the former All-Star will not report to Kansas City for a 14-day conditioning stint until the end of the week.

The Canucks gave Potvin the choice to either report to the minors or be placed on waivers after they acquired goalie Dan Cloutier from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. On Thursday, Potvin told Burke he needed a few more days to make a decision.

Potvin, who signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract with Vancouver during the summer, has struggled to a 14-17-3 record this year with a 3.08 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage.

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