July 14, 2011

BC alum Shannon excited to join Lightning

by Jesse Connolly

Ryan Shannon had a career-high with 27 points last season in Ottawa. (Getty)

After a three-year run with the Ottawa Senators, Ryan Shannon (Darien, Conn.) is headed due south.

The speedy winger agreed to a one-year deal with Tampa that will pay him $625,000. He is expected to compete for a bottom-six role with the Bolts, who came within a single victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals this past spring.

Shannon set career highs in every major offensive category last year for the Sens. The 5-foot-9 forward had 11 goals and 16 assists for a total of 27 points. His plus-3 rating placed him second among all Ottawa skaters last season, as the Senators finished 13th in the Eastern Conference with just 74 points, 19 behind the eighth-seeded Rangers.

"He can really skate. He’s a smart player," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told tampabay.com. "He’s got good skills and he can play any of the three forward positions, and his contract fits in with what we’re trying to do right now.”

A remarkable playmaker during his days at Boston College, Shannon joined the Anaheim Ducks as a free agent in 2005. He was later traded to the Canucks in 2007 where he spent just one season before being swapped to Ottawa.

Having seen plenty of the Lightning over the last few seasons, Shannon has high hopes that his skill-set is a perfect match for the Bolts.

”The impression I got from playing against them and then watching them in the playoffs is like a boxer always hitting the body and then just pouncing on teams as the game went along,” Shannon told Tampa Bay Online. “It’s a winning culture and to be part of that, there really is nothing better in the league. I think it’s a great fit the way the team plays.”

Boyle heading to arbitration

After a career year with 21 goals, Brian Boyle and the Rangers are heading to arbitration.

The Hingham, Mass., native, who played in all 82 games this past season, joined teammates Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Michael Sauer -- all fellow restricted free agents -- in filing for salary arbitration last week.

Boyle, who played alongside Shannon at BC from 2003 to 2005, earned $525,000 in each of the last two seasons with New York, where he arrived in the summer of 2009 in a trade with the L.A. Kings.

Ferriero stays with Sharks

The Sharks and restricted free agent Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.) agreed to a one-year deal worth $605,000.

The BC alum skated in 33 games for San Jose last season, scoring five goals and adding four assists.

Ferriero also played in eight postseason games for the Sharks. His lone point was the game-winning goal in San Jose's series opener against the Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.