As the last days of 2012 are shed from the calendar, more NHL players who took to European teams for some playing time during the ongoing NHL lockout are planning to leave their foreign outposts soon.
The newest player who will head back to North America at the turn of the new year is Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins. After he’s finished playing for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, he’s done with his time playing for EHC Biel of the Swiss top league.
The team’s official Twitter account confirmed his departure:
Seguin has been a Biel fan favorite since his arrival in the bilingual city back in late September. The team’s merchandise shop offers special shirts featuring his number, another with his and Patrick Kane‘s, official #9 jerseys and 2013 team calendars with the two NHL imports on the cover.
He’s also performed very well on the ice for his temporary team. He has three different hat tricks with Biel to his name, plus the team lead in goals and points. Having the goal-scoring lead meant he got to wear a special uniform featuring some slick flames on the sweater and helmet, too. In fact, his 40 points are among the top scorers for the entire National League A.
Seguin is still in Switzerland right now for the ongoing Spengler Cup, representing Team Canada with another Bruin who will return to North America when 2013 begins, Patrice Bergeron.
He’s also getting a good look at the scenic surroundings in Davos with his youngest sister Cassidy:
As December ends, more departures will happen because players’ contracts are expiring. I read that Danny Briere chose to re-up with his German team, but that’s the only European re-signing I’ve read about. Most guys are choosing to come home, bide their time and hope for a resolution to the NHL lockout.