Canucks make deal for Darby

The Vancouver Canucks, the NHL affiliate of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, announced they have acquired forward Craig Darby from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations.

Darby, 33, appeared in 70 games with the Springfield Falcons last season, scoring eight goals and 26 assists for 34 points. The Oneida, N.Y., native was also selected as captain of the PlanetUSA team at the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic, his fifth career AHL All-Star selection.

In his career, the 12-year veteran has played in 623 AHL games, scoring 202 goals and 366 assists for 568 points with Fredricton, Worcester, Philadelphia, Quebec, Albany and Springfield. Darby won a Calder Cup championship with the Phantoms in 1998.

He has also added 56 points (21g, 35a) in 196 NHL games, and played for current Moose head coach Alain Vigneault in Montreal from 1999-2001.

Darby was originally drafted in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Canadiens in 1991.