Desharnais, Czuy Decline Assignments to Johnstown

A [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i] report states that David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy have declined assignments to Johnstown by the Lightning and will play elsewhere this year (and probably beyond). Both were expected to sign contracts with either Johnstown or Springfield after their play in prospect camps this summer. Desharnais is returning to Chicoutimi of the QMJHL to play as an overager and Czuy curiously signed with Las Vegas of the ECHL. “I don’t know what to say about it,” Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone told the paper. “It’s disappointing because Tampa invested a lot of time, effort and probably money into both players. They were very loyal to them. At the end of the day, how can you turn your back? Some kids do. Some agents do. It’s something that probably would be better if you do this on Aug. 10, not Oct. 5.” To fill the spots vacated by these two, the Chiefs acquired defensemen Bryan Nathe and Andrew Martens from Dayton and Florida of the ECHL, respectively. Martens was a participant in the Florida Panthers rookie camp this summer.

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Weird

What makes the Desharnais thing even more strange is that his buddies from juniors, Lascek and Boisclair, are both going to be in Johnstown. You'd think that would have made the transition easier. I don't get it.

Agent?

I wonder if it's agent advice. He can sign and ECHL contract with the hopes of earning a Lightning contract next year, or he goes back to the Q, absolutely dominates statistically as an overager, and sneaks into next year's draft or gets a better offer and he can position himself better for it outside of JT - where he may not be a No.1 or 2 center.

I was thinking along those same lines

Better to put up 135 in Juniors than 35 in the E. Also, if his former linemates who are already signed can't stick in Springy - how far away is he with this organization? Czuy on the other hand is going to have to make his way as a gritty type. Unless it's a family situation, I don't know how he can better himself in another organization.

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