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Report: Murray, Hornqvist to play for Sweden’s Djurgardens

Sep 20, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

Douglas Murray

With the Swedish Elite League saying no to locked-out NHLers, the Swedish second division continues to add star power.

That was the case on Thursday as San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist agreed to join HockeyAllsvenskan squad Djurgardens IF.

According to HockeyExpressen, the pair are still sorting out insurance issues.

Murray played for Djugarden’s junior team waaaay back in 1996-97 before jumping overseas to play in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, then spending four years at Cornell University.

Hornqvist represented Djugardens at both the junior and senior levels, including the 2006-07 season where he led the team in goals (23) as a 19-year-old.

With St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund (see here) and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar (see here) already committed to the Swedish second division, the additions of Murray and Hornqvist could make the Allsvenskan a compelling league this year.

Well, depending on your standards for “compelling.” Mine are pretty low right now.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Allsvenskan appears to be quite a good league, around the 4th best in Europe (after KHL, Svenska Elite Ligan, and Finnish SM Liiga, ahead of all the other European top leagues).
    A lot of teams with tradition play there.

  2. ThatGuy - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    May be time to stop calling it the second league with the NHLer influx.

  3. blomfeld - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Tack för ingenting, du idioter !

    “Djurgarden” which is Swedish for “animal park” or “zoo”, is a sub-standard “b-grade” team, playing in a sub-standard “b-grade” league. While I can understand the motive for these particular fools to go there, I nonetheless find this entire Euro exodus to be nothing less than a “revolting” display of repulsive selfishness and unabashed greed !

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