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Canucks send Bourdon, Rypien to Manitoba, keep Raymond, Shannon

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks sent defenceman Luc Bourdon, a former first-round draft pick, and feisty centre Rick Rypien to the AHL Manitoba Moose Monday but kept small wingers Mason Raymond and Ryan Shannon on their NHL roster.

Another surprise for the Canucks, who reduced their roster to 24 players, was defenceman Nathan McIver staying with the team.

Both Raymond, 22, and Shannon, 24, scored goals in Vancouver's 5-4 exhibition win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday.

The six-foot, 165-pound Raymond skated on a line with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The Cochrane, Alta., native had two goals and a pair of assists in 11 games with the Moose last year.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Shannon had two goals and nine assists in 53 games last year with the Anaheim Ducks.

McIver, of Summerside, P.E.I., might stay with the Canucks until defenceman Sami Salo recovers from a wrist injury.

Rypien unloaded a questionable hit on Edmonton's Mathieu Roy Saturday, resulting in the defenceman being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Rypien was given a five-minute charging penalty and game misconduct.

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