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.