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Lombardi signs one-year deal in Swiss league

Aug 29, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Matthew Lombardi won’t be taking to NHL ice next season.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports the veteran of nine NHL seasons has signed a one-year deal with Geneva-Servette of the Swiss National League.

Last season, Lombardi split time with the Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks scoring four goals and four assists, all of which came with the Coyotes. Sorry about that lack of production, Anaheim.

Over his career in the NHL, he’s had 101 goals in 536 games played and has been a solid penalty killer in recent seasons with Toronto as well. In Geneva, he’ll team up with a small handful of players who once suited up here including former Oilers forward Lennart Petrell.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    And this is an example of why teams USA and Canada are the realistic favorites in the Olympics. The best players in the world typically come to the NHL.

    I realize that a few stay home due to personal/family reasons, and few Russian stars can also make more in the KHL, but for the most part, NHL players go abroad when they are approaching the end of their careers/have no other good options here.

    Some who float between the AHL and NHL give up, realizing that they are not going to stay up.

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