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Ryan Shannon signs with Swiss league champions for three years

Ryan Shannon

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Shannon reacts after scoring a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Lightning forward Ryan Shannon was set to become a free agent this summer and look for a new team to carve a job out with. Turns out he’s not going to wait until July 1 to sign on the dotted line with an NHL team.

Thanks to Raw Charge, we find out Shannon has signed with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss-A League. According to ZSC’s site, Shannon signed a three-year deal with the team (German) to take his skills to the Alps. Shannon had an injury-marred season in Tampa this year and wasn’t able to crack through the depths of the Lightning lineup when he was healthy playing in just 45 games.

Shannon finished the season with four goals and eight assists while averaging just over 12 minutes of ice time per game. Finding a one-way deal in the NHL would’ve been difficult as is for Shannon and locking down a three-year deal abroad provides stability along with all the Toblerone he can handle.