After failing to make the Tampa Bay Lightning playoff roster, Cory Conacher is taking his talents overseas. The pending unrestricted free agent has signed a three-year contract with Lausanne HC of the Swiss NLA. Conacher is still technically under contract with the Lightning, but won’t be playing with them again this summer.
In fact, he didn’t play much for them this entire season. The 30-year old forward spent almost the whole year in the minor leagues with the Syracuse Crunch, suiting up just four times for Tampa Bay. He did put up 38 points in 44 minor league appearances, using his speed and tenacity to continue to find success in the AHL.
Conacher actually played in the NLA previously, spending the 2015-16 season with SC Bern. He won the league championship that season and was a dominant offensive presence, recording 22 goals and 52 points in just 48 games to lead the team.
At his age, a three-year deal in Europe likely means the end of his NHL journey. In 193 regular season games, Conacher recorded 75 points.