During the NHL lockout, it has been quite common for players to find the in leagues overseas.
What isn’t common is finding two different jobs overseas. However, that’s what Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds and St. Louis Blues star Chris Stewart are planning on doing.
The two life long friends signed with Eispiraten Crimmitschau of the German 2nd Bundesliga on Sept. 24, hoping to play together as the NHL and the NHLPA worked on a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Simmonds and Stewart made their debut with the club on Sept. 28, with Stewart tallying and assist in a 2-1 win over Lausitzer Füchse.
In just eight games with the club, both of the duo were ranked in the league’s top 20 point-getters. Stewart would tally three goals along with six assists in his time with Eispiraten, collecting three points in just one game, a 5-3 win over the Ravensburg Towerstars.
Simmonds would also end his time with the team with a total of ten points, scoring three goals and adding seven goals. Because of their offensive prowess, the German club found themselves in fifth place with sixteen points, just three points out of first.
The pair signed 30-day contracts with the club, and despite a willingness from the team to offer new contracts, both Simmonds and Stewart were not interested.
Through Google Translate, Crimmitschau’s statement said this:
The two NHL-loan Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart will leave the Eispiraten Crimmitschau early next week. Both players have decided shortly to change during the NHL lockout the club. Because of the already-limited 30-day contract with the West Saxons as early as mid next week runs out, the Ice Pirates have attempted to convince both of another commitment, but in the end accepted their request. Thus Simmonds and Stewart are already packing their bags on Monday.
Both are after the information Crimmitschauer change in the Czech Extraliga in order during the labor dispute in the NHL continues to gain match fitness. At the same time they want to further explore and Europe have thus found a new challenge. Those responsible for the Eispiraten Crimmitschau previously attempted both to further gain for prefixing their involvement in Crimmitschau order to cause the most unique time for all the fans, sponsors and those involved. They also enjoy all at the same time understanding the ultimate decision of Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart.
The Eispiraten Crimmitschau wish them both privately and sporting all the best and look forward to another great success for everyone. Be it for their new club, and in the might soon begin NHL season in North America. In addition, the Ice Pirates at Wayne and Chris, and their management to thank for the opportunity to work with them.
For all the fans, sponsors and participants an absolute highlight in the history of hockey Crimmitschauer goes initially to the end. Since the change, as mentioned above, takes place at relatively short notice, the two NHL stars Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart will on Monday depart from Crimmitschau.
The Czech Extraliga is the top tier of hockey in the Czech Republic and boasts a total of fourteen clubs. Simmonds and Stewart’s new team is unknown.
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