It has been nine long months since Sheldon Keefe was able to don a Lightning jersey and call himself part of the team. Now, it appears he has finally redeemed himself enough in the eyes of Tampa Bay management to get a second chance with the team.
It was last March when Keefe and his agent, Mike Gillis, made the career threatening decision to refuse a minor league assignment to the Rochester Americans. The Lightning viewed the assignment as a valuable learning experience for the young winger. The Americans had a very competitive team, while their own affiliate, Detroit (IHL), was heading straight to the links. At the time, there was little room in Tampa Bay for Keefe, who had spent nearly the entire season with the Lightning.
Viewing his demotion as temporary, until another trade was executed, Keefe was not unhappy with the reassignment to Detroit. Until Mike Johnson and Paul Mara were sent to Phoenix in the Nikolai Khabibulin deal and room opened on the roster. Keefe saw that as his ticket back to Tampa Bay, but management had other ideas.
GM Rick Dudley thought Keefe would be better served by the stint in Rochester. Keefe on the other hand felt mislead by management and thought he earned and deserved more time in Tampa Bay. So, he refused the assignment was immediately suspended by the team.
The two sides took shots at each other through the media during the off-season, but finally came to an agreement that sent Keefe to the Lightning’s “B” squad during training camp with no hope of an immediate roster sp Read more»
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Leonid Zhvachin, Defenseman, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Juris Stals, Center, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Shawn Collymore, Right Wing, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Petr Preucil, Center, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
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Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
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Where are they now (Switzerland – part 2)
An overview of dfrafted players and undrafted players with an NHL-career currently active in the Swiss league(s).
Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL team