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Veteran NHLer Pyatt signs in Swiss league

Jul 24, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

Taylor Pyatt

After a lengthy NHL career, Taylor Pyatt is headed overseas.

The former Islander, Sabre, Canuck, Coyote, Ranger and Penguin has signed with Geneve-Servette of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Thursday. Pyatt, 32, split last season between New York and Pittsburgh, racking up four goals and five points in 56 games.

A first-round pick of the Islanders (eighth overall) in 1999, Pyatt never materialized as the high-scoring power forward many expected him to be after a standout junior career with OHL Sudbury. His best NHL season came in 2006-07 with Vancouver, when he scored a career-high 23 goals and 37 points, chipping in with another six points in 12 playoff games.

It was in Vancouver, though, where Pyatt suffered terrible tragedy as his fiancee died in a car crash during the 2008-09 campaign. Pyatt left the Canucks the following season and enjoyed two good campaigns in Phoenix, scoring 30 goals for the Coyotes from 2009-11.

  1. zetaone - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Why bring up his fiancee dying Mike? What if by happenstance Pyatt reads PHT? Even if he doesn’t, it isn’t necessary information relevant to his NHL playing career. Would you bring up Dan Snyder in every Dany Heatley story too?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      I don’t remember the story at all so I found it to be useful information. It’s a horrible story that is certainly relevant to his career.

    • hockey412 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      I don’t know, man…it’s just a piece about the guy….journalism. It’s irrelevant to his playing career, sure, except it was an obstacle he overcame. It was just as irrelevant when Dominic Moore’s wife died, or Jose Theordore’s son died…they were given Masteron Trophies.

      • hockey412 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Hopefully that didn’t come out wrong, no disrespect intended to Dominic Moore or Jose Theodore. All horrible hurdles to have to overcome.

    • Mike Halford - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      No re: every Heatley story… but if I was doing an encapsulating look at his NHL career (like I was doing here with Pyatt), yes, I would probably mention it. There was no malice intended in the reference, I just found it to be a significant event worth noting.

      • 950003cups - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Had to “thumbs down” you. Just cause nobody ever does. No rhyme or reason. No relevance to it at all. Just cause…

    • 950003cups - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      So, only when it’s Dominic Moore’s wife passing it’s relevant? Any tragedy or sad story that takes on the change in a players performance is VERY relevant to any story of him going forward.

      • 950003cups - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Don’t forget when Brendan Burke, son of Brian Burke, died at age 21 in an auto accident. Why did they have to report that? Then his sexual orientation was also lambasted in every story. I would argue that, that isn’t relevant. But it is what it is.

  2. buckhome - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    “racking up four goals and five points in 56 games” – reaaly? Racking up?

  3. mactruck27 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    It was super easy to forget that we started the year with Taylor Pyatt on the roster.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Wow, look, an NHL player comments on these boards!

      • 950003cups - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        And a Supreme Court Judge.

      • thesportsjudge - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        I’m no Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

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