On Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks waived Shane O'Brien and Darcy Hordichuk. Likely due to salary cap constraints, and solid competition for their roles, the two hard-nosed players will see if anyone claims them, before potentailly reporting to the Manitoba Moose.
Darcy Hordichuk saw spot duty on the fourth line for most of last year, taking on the tougher foes and defending his teammates, but not providing much else other than an untimely hooking call. That was the bad side of Hordichuk, the good side was his team play and his contributions in the community - which were greatly appreciated by the team and their fans.
Shane O'Brien meanwhile enjoyed a more permanent role with the club, but did fall out of favour for what reportedly included showing up late for practice a couple of times and for potentially enjoying himself too much socially.
What does this mean for their future? Well, the Canucks may have the option of having them play for the Manitoba Moose. What this likely means however is that either Aaron Rome or Andrew Alberts wil occupy the last two spots on defence, after Edler, Ehrhoff, Hamhuis, Ballard and Bieksa.
Other NHL teams will have an opportunity to claim O'Brien or Hordichuk, but odds are that their contracts may prohibit them from being picked up. Of course, they could serve as injury recalls and will likely see some time with the Canucks this year if they do report to Manitoba.