Sens' Shannon to test free-agent market

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

Ryan Shannon is going to shop himself around.

While the door hasn't been closed on a return to the Senators, the speedy winger, who had a strong finish to last season, wants to see what he can get on the open market when bidding on a thin talent pool of unrestricted free agents begins Friday at noon.

Shannon, 28, dealt to Ottawa by the Vancouver Canucks in September 2008 for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat, played parts of three seasons with the Senators. He had 11 goals and 16 assists in 79 games last season in a limited role while making $600,000.

"We're going to see what's out there in free agency," said Shannon's agent, Justin Duberman. "We're not closing the door on Ottawa but, at this point, we're going to go to the market."

Buried on the fourth line by former Senators coach Cory Clouston, Shannon could help a team looking for speed. He played well for Team USA at the world championship in May and might be able to get a two-year deal as a UFA.

"When his role was increased after they traded (Chris) Kelly and Mike (Fisher), Ryan was playing 18-to-20 minutes per-game, he was used in more of a puck-possession role and I think he really showed what he can do," said Duberman.

"He really brings a lot of skill to the table and he really showed that he can play. He was used in every role: The top two lines, killing penalties and the point on the power play. He can contribute."


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