Oct 24, 2012, 5:00 PM EST
San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture is having a blast playing for Geneva in the Swiss National A League — so much, in fact, that he’s perfectly content to stay there.
“Every hockey player wants to play in the NHL. It’s a childhood dream for every Canadian,” Couture explained to the Globe and Mail. “We want to reach a deal but if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be happy to continue playing in Geneva.”
Couture has paced Geneva to first place in the Swiss league — seven points clear of second-place Zurich — and has done it in style, scoring 10 points in 10 games.
He, along with former Columbus forward Dan Fritsche (7G-9A-16PTS) are at the heart of a team loaded with NHL experience (Rico Fata, Brian Pothier, Tony Salmelainen, Alex Picard) and steadied on the back-end by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber, Geneva’s other lockout signing.
The experience of playing overseas has been enjoyable for Couture — something we’ve heard more and more from various locked-out NHLers in various European leagues.
That said, it’s clear the European experience is not for everybody.
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