St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Lightning

printer version

Instead of sitting, Keefe is sent down

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 17, 2003

TAMPA -- Sheldon Keefe appears to be a casualty in the Lightning's attempt to get more size and speed into the lineup.

With center Alexander Svitov and right wing Nikita Alexeev up from AHL Springfield, Keefe, who is averaging 10:16 of ice time but played fewer than 10 minutes in his past four games, was sent down.

"We're struggling. We need to win some hockey games and this is an opportunity for those guys," Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. "We want to see how they respond, and having Sheldon sit on the bench and play four minutes is not doing anything for his development."

Feaster said Keefe, who has two goals and five assists in 36 games, will remain in Springfield until at least the All-Star break when Tampa Bay will be "re-evaluating our entire personnel situation" with an eye toward the March 11 trade deadline.

Keefe, 22, declined comment through agent David Frost. But Frost said, "Sheldon is prepared to go down there until the All-Star break and do what he always does. He goes on the ice and plays extremely hard. He is completely prepared to go down there and do exactly that, but we do think that Sheldon Keefe is an NHL player and we hope this moves forward after the All-Star break."

Keefe has been an occasional subject of trade rumors. Asked about moving him if he is not promoted after the break, Feaster said, "I have no intention of trading Sheldon Keefe."

RICHARDS OUT: Center Brad Richards was granted a leave of absence and went home to Murray Harbor on Prince Edward Island because his grandmother is very ill. Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said there is no timetable for his return.

"We wish Brad and his family the best and know he will be back as soon as he can," Wickett said.

HODSON RETIRES: Goalie Kevin Hodson declined an assignment to Springfield to take a position with Tampa Bay as a part-time instructor and scout.

Hodson, 30, was put on waivers after the Lightning acquired goalie John Grahame from the Bruins. He cleared Wednesday but will take the job that will allow him to relocate to Sault Ste. Marie, where his wife has a business.

"The whole thought process of coming here was to try to make the Tampa Bay Lightning," Hodson said. "I just felt if I couldn't do that, I would just move on with my career.

"This is definitely a day of closure for me. Now I know my career is over as a player, but I have a lot to offer as a consultant."

Back to the Lightning
Today's lineup

  • A happy All-Star, he thinks bigger
  • Tonight: Lightning vs. Penguins
  • Instead of sitting, Keefe is sent down

  • Rays
  • Free-agent 2B will give Rays more options

  • Bucs
  • Football fans appeal to higher power
  • NFL nixes draft picks for coaches
  • Respect alludes Bucs secondary
  • NFC notebook: Jurevicius may miss game for personal reasons
  • Eagles secondary focuses on task, not accolades
  • Sideline: The Dan wasn't exactly The Man
  • Howard Troxler: Philadelphia, N.J.: Iggles, cheese steaks and cheese steak eaters
  • John Romano: A stinking hostile dump

  • Other sports

  • Some Raiders may be old, but so what?
  • Middleton still bitter about breakup with Bucs
  • Del Rio set to coach Jaguars

  • College football
  • McPherson's plans take another twist
  • Seminoles face tough schedule

  • Baseball
  • Owners approve All-Star tie-in to World Series

  • NHL
  • Senators stifle Ducks, barely missing a shutout

  • College basketball
  • UT's play in SSC remains streaky
  • Arizona averts USC's upset bid
  • Arkansas shuts down Florida in 39-point win

  • In brief
  • Kwan edges out strong field in short program

  • NBA
  • Jordan starts strong, lets kids finish Magic

  • Tennis
  • Injured Seles out in second round

  • Sports on the air
  • Local ratings could reach new high

  • Golf
  • Goosen, Perry share Sony lead

  • Preps
  • Slow and easy is better than being out cold
  • Mitchell finishes off Zephyrhills
  • TBT ends jinx at Armwood
  • Brandon coach faces FHSAA investigation
  • Just in the nick of time

  • Outdoors
  • Keller event returns Saturday
  • Target fish that best fit the climate
  • Fishing rods are more than just poles
  • Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111