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Matt Bradley signs in Finland

Oct 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Matt Bradley

Veteran NHLer Matt Bradley has found work during the lockout, agreeing to terms with Finnish second division team TuTo.

Bradley, 34, spent last season with the Florida Panthers, registering 3G-5A-8PTS in 45 games — though his season was derailed by a concussion suffered in February after a missed check on Anaheim’s George Parros.

The injury cost Bradley the final 24 games of the regular season and all of Florida’s seven opening-round playoff games against New Jersey.

In June, the Panthers put Bradley on unconditional waivers and later bought out the final year of his contract ($950,000 cap hit.) According to CapGeek, the buyout saved the Panthers $333,333 in salary.

Bradley is a 11-year NHL veteran with nearly 700 games on his resume (and 47 playoff games).  His best season came with Washington in 2009-10, when he scored 10G-14A-24PTS in 77 games for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals.

Of note, the Finnish second division has teams called KooKoo and TuTo. It’s probably the greatest league in the world.

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