Though the Ottawa Senators technically haven’t been eliminated from play in 2019-20 yet, Mikkel Boedker has already planned the next step of his hockey career. The veteran forward has signed a two-year contract with HC Lugano in the Swiss NLA that will begin whenever the Senators season is officially over.
Boedker, 30, is in the last season of a four-year, $16MM deal signed with the San Jose Sharks in 2016. The speedy winger was originally selected eighth overall by the Arizona Coyotes in 2008, and though he does have some success at the NHL level he never became that dominant offensive presence that many believed he could be.
Through 709 NHL contests, Boedker scored 118 goals and 327 points, only making the playoffs on a handful of occasions. Senators fans will likely only remember him as part of a frustrating sequence of trades that ended up with Mike Hoffman heading to a division rival, given he played just 91 games for the team over the last two seasons.
A two-year deal at this point may mean Boedker’s NHL journey is over, but it certainly doesn’t mean he will disappear from the hockey consciousness. One of the best players in the world from Denmark, he has competed at six World Championships, Olympic qualifiers, and a World Cup for his country.