The Canadiens signed Shinkaruk, who was a restricted free agent, to a one-year, two-way contract shortly thereafter. The Flames did the same with Rychel, inking him to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.
Rychel was traded to the Canadiens by the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the deadline deal for Tomas Plekanec. Rychel scored a goal and added an assist in four games with Montreal. He spent most of the campaign in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies (with whom he produced 30 points in 55 contests) and the Laval Rocket (12 points in 16 games).
Shinkaruk played in the AHL for the full season, notching 17 goals and 32 points in 63 contests with the Stockton Heat.