Sheppard was released Wednesday from his professional tryout with the Canucks, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports.
Sheppard inked his deal with Vancouver about three weeks ago and has lasted nearly to the end of camp. Unfortunately, his quest to return to the NHL for the first time since 2014 has come to an end, and he's now officially a free agent.
Sheppard signed a professional tryout agreement with the Canucks on Tuesday.
After spending seven seasons in the NHL with three different organizations, Sheppard opted to play overseas during the 2015 campaign, spending the year with Kloten HC of the Swiss league. However, he's opted to return to the States and will attempt to make an impact with the Canucks. The 28-year-old would likely just be a depth option at center and could struggle to see significant ice time if he even makes the roster.
Sheppard scored his first goal of the playoffs in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Lightning, tallying the eventual game-winning tally in the third period.Sheppard played a game-low (among Rangers) 8:35 in fourth-line duty, but scored a hard-working goal to put the Rangers up 4-1. It was the second tally of what ended up being a five-goal period for the Rangers, with Tampa chipping in a pair of goals to turn Sheppard's into the game-winner. It was his first point since May 10 against Washington.
Sheppard has been a healthy scratch during the team's first two tilts with Pittsburgh.Until the team suffers a lopsided loss, it appears head coach Alain Vigneault is sticking with it's current line combinations, leaving Sheppard as the odd man out. The soon-to-be 27-year-old has two goals, five assists and 14 penalty minutes through 24 career playoff games.
Sheppard scored his sixth goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 win over Florida.Playing in just his third game since joining the blue shirts, Sheppard made the most of his opportunity scoring on a deflection in the first period. The goal also sets a new career-high for Minnesota's former first round (2006) pick. While the Halifax native will continue to alternate with fourth line forward Tanner Glass, it's plausible to think Glass has little rope left to lose.
Sheppard will debut with the Rangers on Wednesday against the Red Wings.With Sheppard set to play Wednesday and work on the team's fourth line, Tanner Glass is in line to be a lineup scratch for the Rangers up front for the contest.
Updating a previous report, Sheppard is not on track to play Monday against the Predators, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.Sheppard was unable to catch a quick enough flight to New York in advance of Monday's game, so his Rangers debut will have to wait until Wednesday against the Red Wings. Jesper Fast (sprained knee) will return to the lineup to occupy the spot that would have been reserved for Sheppard.
Sheppard is expected to play in Monday's game against the Predators, Jim Cerny of the Rangers' official site reports.Sheppard was traded to the Rangers on Sunday, giving him a chance to get acclimated to his new team in advance of Monday's contest. He spent most of 2014 on the third line for the Sharks, tallying 16 points in 57 games thus far, and will likely serve in a similar role with the Rangers for the remainder of the season.
Sheppard was traded to the Rangers on Sunday in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round draft pick, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.Skating primarily on the Sharks' third line this season, Sheppard has accumulated 16 points (five goals in 57 games, averaging 13:43 of ice time per contest. The 26-year-old forward has never lived up to his billing as a former top-10 draft pick, but he should help New York on the third or fourth line.
Sheppard potted a goal and dished out an assist in Thursday's 6-3 downing of the Ducks.The Sharks received some improbable contributions from Sheppard and third-line mates Tomas Hertl and Barclay Goodrow, all of whom tallied two points on the night. Sheppard's strike occurred in the second period to give him his first goal in 16 games, and only his second in the last 34. He'll have to find the net with more regularity before becoming an intriguing fantasy option.
Sheppard had an assist and four shots in limited ice time during Saturday's loss to the Rangers.Sheppard continues to be a player that's difficult to trust, both in San Jose and for fantasy. He scores in streaks and often seems on the cusp of hitting the next level but doesn't quite get there. He has two assists in his last three games, but that comes on the heels of a seven-game point drought.
Sheppard assisted on two goals in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Bruins. He also paced the team with five hits on the defensive end.Sheppard was one of eight Sharks skaters to record multiple points on the evening. He's a useful depth forward for the Sharks, but with just eight points in 21 games, that doesn't translate to much fantasy value.
Sheppard scored for the third straight game and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Stars.The third-liner has strung together five points (three goals) in nine games this season, to go with a plus-2 rating. With Tomas Hertl on his line, it shouldn't be hard for Sheppard to surpass his career high of 24 points -- recorded in 2008-2209 with the Wild.
Sheppard scored and was a plus-one with two shots in Saturday's win over the Islanders.Sheppard hasn't gotten huge minutes since returning from injury and that's going to limit his upside. His season-high mark is 14:58 and that's the only time he's crossed the 14-minute mark.
Sheppard (knee) has been activated from his rehab assignment at AHL Worcester, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.After appearing in two rehab games for Worcester over the weekend, Sheppard was given clearance to return to the NHL club, with whom he'll make his season debut Tuesday versus the Bruins. He's set to man the Sharks' third line, with Andrew Desjardins and Tomas Hertl flanking him on the wings.
Sheppard (knee) was sent to AHL Worcester on a conditioning assignment Friday.Sheppard was placed on injured reserve to start the season after sustaining a left knee injury during training camp. Once he logs a few games at Worcester, Sheppard figures to return to the Sharks in a bottom-six role.
Sheppard (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.Sheppard doesn't seem to be looking at a lengthy absence, as he was able to skate on his own Monday and may be close to joining full-contact practice. He'll be eligible to return from IR as soon as he's healthy, after which the Sharks will likely have to send one of their younger forwards back to the minors.
Sheppard skated by himself Monday while he battles a left knee injury, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.Sheppard's injury is considered to be minor at this stage, so he wouldn't seem at much risk at missing the start of the regular season. The forward is slated to fill a bottom-six role for the Sharks, after tallying four goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season.
Sheppard has signed a one-year contract with the Sharks.Sheppard had his struggles last year, but ended the season on a strong note with three goals and 11 assists in the final 24 games of the season. He also registered two goals and four assists through seven playoff games. He is starting to show signs of the potential he's had flashes of throughout his career.
Sheppard was one of six RFAs the Sharks gave qualifying offers to on Monday.That means Sheppard is likely to re-sign and that the Sharks are hoping the Shep who scored two goals and four assists in the playoffs is the one their signing, instead of the one who had one assist and no goals through all of November and December.