The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that thay have claimed right wing Sheldon Keefe off waivers from the New York Rangers. Following the claim, Keefe was assigned to Hershey of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Keefe, the Lightning’s second round draft choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, was claimed by the Rangers in the NHL Waiver Draft on October 3. He did not appear in a game with the Blueshirts this season.
“We are extremely pleased to have Sheldon back in the fold,” Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster said. “As I said at the time of the Waiver Draft, we never wanted to lose him, so the fact that he is back means we’re exactly where we had wanted to be coming out of this year’s Waiver Draft.”
Keefe, 23, appeared in 37 games with the Lightning in 2002-03, recording two goals and five assists for seven points, along with 24 penalty minutes.
The 5-11, 185-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, also appeared in 33 games with Springfield (AHL), recording 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points, along with 28 penalty minutes. He also skated in six playoff games with Springfield, recording four penalty minutes.
Keefe has appeared in 125 career NHL games with the Lightning, collecting 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points, along with 78 penalty minutes.