Like teammate Tom Sestito before him, Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read is returning home. Via their website, Sweedish team Södertälje SK of HockeyAllsvenskan has announced that Read will no longer be with the team.
The Google Translation of the press release read this:
For personal reasons turn SSK’s star acquisitions Matt Read home after Saturday’s match against Everton. Read quickly made itself a crowd favorite since he joined the club. Now turning words Read home for personal reasons but if lockout continues will return Matt to SSK directly after Christmas.
Matt Read came to us after a tough period for the team and has been a major contributor to the SSK’s Table climbing with his strong qualities on the ice, both offensively and defensively. Since the recent discussions in the NHL looks somewhat brighter we do not know about Matt possibly making their last match against Everton on Saturday in SSK shirt.
Read has shown a fantastic attitude to hockey, to his friend Emil Billberg and the club by playing for a replacement that does not even cover his expenses. If it is the case that the lockout ends and he does not come back, we want to express our utmost gratitude and respect to Matt that we did not even know a few months ago. We hope also that all fans will to show our collective appreciation tomorrow against Oskarshamn, we know it would mean a lot to Matt when he really appreciates SSK fans.
According to Eliteprospects.com, Read played in 18 games with the club, posting 5 goals and 21 total points. With the help of the 26 year old Read, Södertälje finds themselves just three points out of first place. Likely to be returning to the US right behind him is teammate Nicklas Grossmann, who played four games with the team as well. New York Rangers LW Carl Hagelin and Anaheim Ducks Defenseman Cam Fowler also spent time there.
The sudden influx of NHL players back into the United States seems to be caused by the progression in the labor negotiations. It looks as though agents are beginning to tell their players to return, and gear up for a 2012-13 season.
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