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Canucks Sign Shannon, Rypien, Brown, McIver, Fitzgerald and Sharrow

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the club has signed right wing Ryan Shannon, centre Rick Rypien, right wing Mike Brown, defenceman Nathan McIver, defenceman Zach FitzGerald and defenceman James Sharrow. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shannon, 25, spent the 2007-08 season with the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose. The Darien, Connecticut native recorded 13 points (5-8-13) in 27 games played with Vancouver and eight points (1-7-8) in 13 games played with Manitoba.

Rypien, 24, registered three points (1-2-3) and 41 penalty minutes in 22 games with Vancouver in 2007-08. The 5’11”, 170 pound centre also notched 14 points (3-11-14) and 81 penalty minutes in 34 games played.

Brown, 23, played in 19 games with the Canucks last season, recording one point (1-0-1) and 55 penalty minutes in 19 games played. The 6’0”, 210 pound winger also spent time with the Manitoba Moose, tallying 13 points (10-3-13) and 201 penalty minutes in 54 games played as well as two points (2-0-2) and 11 penalty minutes in six AHL playoff games.

McIver, 23, played in 17 games and recorded 52 penalty minutes with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2007-08 season. The Summerside, PEI native also spent time with the Manitoba Moose, registering six points (3-3-6) and 108 penalty minutes in 43 games. He added one assist and eleven penalty minutes in six AHL playoff games.

FitzGerald, 23, made his NHL debut with the Canucks on February 5, 2008 versus Dallas. He registered eight points (5-3-8) and 158 penalty minutes in 48 games played with the Moose and saw time in three AHL playoff games, recording 14 penalty minutes.

Sharrow, 23, spent the 2007-08 season with the Manitoba Moose. He tallied 22 points (5-17-22) and 26 penalty minutes in 44 games played as well as one point (0-1-1) in two playoff games.
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