Ryan Shannon Signs Contract With Swiss Team

WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 23: Ryan Shannon #22 of the Tampa Bay Lightning passes the puck to Martin St Louis #26 during their NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on February 23, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Ryan Shannon signed with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss-A national league.

Ryan Shannon, who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, signed with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss-A national league Tuesday. Shannon signed a three-year contract with ZSC according to the team's website.

Shannon's signing with ZSC comes more than a month before NHL free agency opens on July 1. Shannon played 45 games for the Lightning this season, scoring four goals and dishing out eight assists. It was his sixth season in the NHL, Shannon started his career with Anaheim in 2006.

Shannon's best NHL season came in 2010 when he scored 11 goals and finished with 27 points in 79 games for the Ottawa Senators. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks. He saw limited ice time for the Lightning this past season after signing with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent last off-season.

For more on Ryan Shannon's signing with ZSC and the Tampa Bay Lightning, visit Raw Charge and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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