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PJ Axelsson’s agent speaking with two NHL teams

Jul 17, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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We’ll be perfectly honest – we had no idea PJ Axelsson was still playing hockey. But apparently the 37-year-old former Boston Bruin forward has spent the last three seasons in the Swedish Elite League.

Now he wants to finish his career in the NHL.

We actually already mentioned this in the Morning Skate, but CSSNE.com’s Joe Haggerty confirmed it via Axelsson’s agent, Neil Abbott.

“PJ would like to finish his career in the NHL and I am trying to achieve that for him,” wrote Abbott in an email. “I should have a better idea of what is possible by the end of July.”

Abbott says he’s speaking to two teams about his client, though he wouldn’t say if the Bruins were one of them.

Axelsson had just 14 points in 52 games last season with Vastra Frolunda HC, so it may be an uphill battle to convince an NHL team he can still play in the world’s top league.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    It’d be nice to know what teams he’s talking to

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      I would guess Ottawa is one because of the Alfie connection. Maybe Vancouver because of the Sedins?

      If it isn’t Boston, (I can;t imagine it is), it would probably be a team with a heavy Swedish influence

  2. ras1tafari - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Come home PJ. – Bostonian

    • crosberries - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      You really want some who scored only 14 points in the Swedish elite league??

    • capesouth - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      PJ was great..a good role player. No spot for him now though. As much as it would be fun to have him back, and as positive a team-building effect that it might have, it is a step in the wrong direction. There is only one opening on the roster and it is as a third line winger, which is perfect, but he would have to beat out Caron, Bourque, Spooner, Knight, etc. All those guys are trying to establish themselves and need a their ‘shot’. Way more upside with the younger guys coming in than a 37 year old Axelsson. PJ in his prime would have been PERFECT with Kelly and Peverley though.

    • homelanddefense - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      the last thing the Bruins need is another defensive minded forward. They already have that in bunches. PJ was could on the PK team too, but they have guys who excel there already (Campbell, Paille, etc)

  3. mydadyourmom - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Axelgate begins.

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