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Newly-acquired Ryan Shannon hungry for another Stanley Cup in sophomore season

The two Vancouver Canucks are at very different points in their careers. Shannon will be starting his sophomore year after winning the Cup in his rookie season with the Anaheim Ducks, while Naslund, Vancouver's 34-year-old captain, is in the last year of his three year, US$18 million contract.

"I don't know what's a stronger motivation, not winning the Cup and wanting to win it, or knowing how good it feels and then wanting to do it again," said Shannon at the team's training camp near Victoria.

Last season was a dream come true for the 24-year-old, who was traded to the Canucks for Jason King and a conditional third-round pick just 17 days after winning the Cup.

"I can't imagine more rewards in a single season," said the well-spoken right winger. "I thought I had reached the peak making the team, and then I scored my first NHL goal. I get back to the locker room and I have 50 messages on my phone saying congratulations."

Shannon dressed for 53 games with the Ducks last season between AHL stints with the Portland Pirates, and played regularly for the big club during the post-season.

"We make the playoffs. I play 11 playoff games - and then you win the Stanley Cup," he said. "And then I get back to the locker room and I've got 300 missed calls."

Shannon was vacationing in Italy when he got the call from his agent that he was traded to Vancouver.

"You never want to be traded. You want to stick with a team and play your entire career there," that's the ideal situation," said Shannon, who viewed the trade as a mixed blessing.

"This seems like a clean slate where I can prove myself and solidify a spot in the top two lines," he said. "The beauty of the situation is that anything's possible. I can play right wing on the top line, or I can be on the last line in Manitoba."

Shannon will take whatever role he can get with the Canucks, but said he'd love to play alongside twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin. "It seems like anybody who plays with the Sedin brothers, their career takes an upward path," said Shannon, who has been playing with Naslund and Ryan Kesler during training camp.

The Boston College graduate will have something to prove to both teams when the Canucks start their exhibition schedule on Monday against Anaheim.

"You can bet your butt that from the day I was traded, I was looking forward to that game," said Shannon. "Not out of revenge, but it's just something that was highlighted on the schedule."


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