Shannon sticks with Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The Senators have rewarded Ryan Shannon for his strong finish to the season.

While the team was prepared to qualify the restricted free-agent winger with a two-way contract that would have paid him $660,000 (all terms US) in the NHL next season, the 26-year-old accepted the security of a one-way deal for $600,000.

Called up from the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton when coach Cory Clouston was hired on Feb. 2, Shannon had eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 35 games with Ottawa.

"This is a big weight off my shoulders," said Shannon, who signed the contract yesterday. "For me, getting called up always meant I was only guaranteed for the days I was there. I can concentrate on preparing this summer and showing what I can do in the NHL."

Yesterday was also a memorable day on another front for Shannon. The Connecticut native was named to Team USA for the upcoming world championships in Switzerland, along with winger Nick Foligno.

"It was a big surprise and a huge honour," said Shannon.

"Brian Burke gave me a call. I was a little startled by the voice and I knew it well because I had Brian (as GM) in Anaheim and when you heard his voice it was because you were being sent down. So, when he offered, I accepted the invitation before he finished his sentence."

Senators GM Bryan Murray said he was pleased with the way Shannon played.

'VERY COMPETITIVE'

"I thought Ryan came in and played very well," said Murray. "He's not big, but he's very competitive. He's got good quickness and he's very responsible. I thought wherever he played in the lineup, he made a contribution. He can play on any line on the team. The fact that he can skate and that he's smart allows him to get special teams ice time. That adds a lot to the flexibility the coach has."


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