VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks recalled hard luck centre Ryan Shannon from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
Shannon, 24, arrived in time to participate in a morning skate and play against the Colorado Avalanche at General Motors Place. He re-joins the Canucks after being demoted unexpectedly in October - despite being Vancouver's second-leading scorer early in the season - and missing more than three months with a knee injury suffered while playing for Manitoba.
"It took a while to get back," said Shannon. "Now, (the knee) feels good."
The Darien, Conn., native scored two goals in Vancouver's first three games this season and trailed only co-leaders Daniel and Henrik Sedin in overall team points.
But he was sent to Manitoba on the morning of Oct. 11, after the Canucks had suffered a humiliating 8-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers the night before.
"Now, I can come back and prove myself and try to get back up to form," said Shannon.
At the time of his demotion, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault admitted the move was not fair to Shannon, but hoped it would have an effect on the players still with the Canucks.
Based on his age and experience, Shannon, a second-year NHLer who was acquired in an off-season trade from the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, did not have to clear waivers before he could be sent down.
Under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, a veteran with more NHL experience would have to be placed on unrecallable waivers and could be claimed by another team for no compensation to the Canucks.
Now, he provides some badly needed offensive potential with veteran Canucks centre Brendan Morrison out indefinitely after undergoing wrist surgery.
"In Shannon's case, ever since Mo has gone down and (Shannon) would have been healthy, he would have been back up," said Vigneault. "He's been hurt for three and a half months, I think, now. We've never had the opportunity to call him up."
Shannon originally injured his knee Oct. 26. He returned in December but played in only three games before re-aggravating the injury. In total, he sat out 34 contests.
But the Canucks quickly recalled him after he played just two games for Manitoba earlier this week.