Gillis traded Ryan Shannon to the Senators for Lawrence Nycholat. Colour me confused on this one. I know Ryan Shannon didn’t exactly light it up last season, but he’s a forward. And Lawrence Nycholat is a defenceman. Huh. I guess being itty bitty kind of worked against Shannon. I always liked him and I hope he does well in Ottawa. I don’t know. Hopefully this one will get explained along the way. Perhaps it is step one in a bigger trade? Otherwise, pass the vodka.
The Canucks also announced they will be honouring Luc Bourdon’s memory at the home opener. This was obviously a given, but it’s nice to here their official plan. A tribute video will be played before the start of the game with a moment of silence after, and each fan attending the game will receive a pin honouring Luc. The players will also wear something on their helmets all season. I think it might be nice if it was something similar to the guitar pins that all the management guys wore at the draft. This will be a very emotional night, but I’m glad they’re doing it.