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Canucks, Senators swap former AHL All-Stars

The Vancouver Canucks, parent club of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, announced today they have acquired defenseman Lawrence Nycholat from the Ottawa Senators, parent club of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, in exchange for forward Ryan Shannon.

Nycholat, 29, played in 77 games last season with Binghamton, where he collected 12 goals and 37 assists for 49 points to sit fourth in the AHL in scoring amongst defensemen. The Calgary, AB native also played in three games with Ottawa. He has appeared in 31 career NHL games with Ottawa, Washington, and the New York Rangers where he’s scored two goals and six assists for eight points and 18 penalty minutes.

In 483 games in the AHL with Binghamton, Hershey, Hartford, and Houston, Nycholat has scored 55 goals and 218 assists for 273 points and 722 penalty minutes. He helped the Bears capture the Calder Cup in 2006 with 14 points in 16 postseason games and was named to the AHL All-Star Classic in 2005, 2006, and 2008.

Shannon, 25, played in 13 games with the Moose last season where he scored a goal and seven assists for eight points and 10 penalty minutes. The Darien, Conn., native also appeared in three games with Vancouver and scored two goals.

In 102 career AHL games with Manitoba, Portland, and Cincinnati, Shannon has scored 31 goals and 73 assists for 104 points and 68 penalty minutes, and he was an AHL All-Star with Portland in 2006.

Shannon has scored four goals and nine assists for 13 points and 10 penalty minutes in 56 NHL games with Vancouver and Anaheim.