Wing Ryan Shannon signs 3-year deal in Switzerland; says Tampa was "a great place to play"
Ryan Shannon, whose disappointing season with the Tampa Bay Lightning ended in March with surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, signed a three-year deal to play for ZSC Lions in Zurich, Switzerland.
Shannon, 29, said the contract, which had to be negotiated with the permission of the Lightning, is a great way to "extend" his career and provide some security for his family. As for a season in which he had just four goals, 12 points and was minus-11 in 45 games while averaging 12:01 of ice time, Shannon said he has no hard feelings about how he was handled.
"No, not at all," he said, and added about Tampa, "It's a great place to play, a great hockey city and I'm not sure enough people know about that. ... I wish them nothing but the best."
Shannon last summer signed a one-year, $625,000 free-agent deal with Tampa Bay. A terrific skater with good skills, he was talked up by coach Guy Boucher as someone who could take at least some shifts with the top two lines. But Shannon never seemed to get on track. He even said during the season he had difficulty in Tampa Bay's system knowing when to use his formidable speed.
He also dealt with a knee injury that kept him out of 15 games in December and January. The right shoulder injury that ended his season came after he missed three games in February with a shoulder injury. It was unclear if the injuries were related.
Shannon said the surgically repaired shoulder, which he had been rehabbing with Lightning assistant medical trainer Mike Poirier, is coming along well.
"I try to do my best every day, stay focused on my goals and let the outcomes land where they will," Shannon said from his Connecticut home. "I loved playing in Tampa. It was a great year. I enjoyed it. With the statistics people might not think that, but it was a great time."