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Samuel Pahlsson leaves NHL, signs deal in Sweden

Jun 18, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks, nor the NHL, won’t have Samuel Pahlsson to kick around next season.

The longtime NHL veteran is headed home to play in Sweden after signing a contract with his former team in the Swedish Elite League (link in Swedish), MODO.

Pahlsson was a deadline acquisition for the Canucks in a deal with Columbus. Pahlsson had spent the previous two-and-a-half seasons with the Jackets before going to Vancouver. Before that, he was a Stanley Cup winner in 2007 with Anaheim and also spent time briefly with Chicago and Boston. Now after 11 seasons he’s returning to Sweden where he says he’s happy to be back home.

Pahlsson’s defensive play up front and ability to win faceoffs will be missed in the NHL, although not apparently too much by Canucks fans.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    The talent pool in the NHL gets even shallower

    • kingfooj - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      younger*

  2. davebabychreturns - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    So long Samme. It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but it ain’t been real fun.

  3. kingfooj - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    The SEL is a good league and fuels the nhl with amazing talent year after year, i would not be worried by this. Let the guy go home. On another notes….atleast its not the khl

    • kingfooj - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      note*

    • laisaghetto - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Or the “finally did what 17 other teams managed to do over the past 45 years” LA Kings. GO BLACKHAWKS and go Anaheim and San Jose. Anything to put a thorn in those classless make up wearing gel hair styles up LA “men” gang bangers, paroles, hookers and porn stars in LA. Congrats LA by immediately defiling the Stanley Cup with midget and fat porn stars (TMZ has the picks)… really classy LA. GO BLACKHAWKS GO IRISH… what’s a fooj, a sound you make eating those LA street tacos. GO HAWKS!!!!!

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