It’s been a long, slow grind since the craziness of free agency opening on July 13, with a good number of high-end free agents remaining unsigned. With many other leagues than just the NHL looking to get their rosters set for next season, though, that hasn’t been the case everywhere. Minor-league teams and overseas leagues are making moves and transactions to their squads every day, giving hockey fans something else to look at. We’ll keep track of today’s transactions right here.
- 2012 first-round pick Jordan Schmaltz is switching leagues. After heading overseas for 2021-22 in order to play for HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Liiga, and now he’s headed to Switzerland for 2022-23. Per an official team announcement, Swiss club EHC Kloten has signed Schmaltz to a contract for next season. Schmaltz had a successful European debut, leading all HIFK blueliners with 33 points in 55 games last season. His offense-first, pace-pushing style should excite fans in Kloten and help improve their offense. The five-time Swiss champions are making their return to the top-tier of Swiss hockey after being relegated in 2017-18, and their signing of Schmaltz should help them compete next season.
- After a four-season run in the NHL that saw him suit up for four different NHL teams, Dominik Kahun made the choice to return to Europe to continue his professional career. Kahun signed a deal with SC Bern in Switzerland, and after an extraordinarily successful debut in the Swiss league that saw him score 16 goals and 44 points in just 42 games, Kahun has gotten that deal extended. Kahun’s initial contract ran through 2024, and now Bern has announced that they have extended the contract by three more seasons, through 2026-2027. This is an understandable move for both the team and for Kahun. For Kahun, his experience switching teams every year in order to stick in the NHL may have taken a toll on him, and he could prefer stability at this point in his career, which is what he’s gotten from Bern. For Bern, they keep an in-his-prime player who has shown himself to be an offensive force in their league for many seasons to come.
- Alexei Lipanov, a 2017 third-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is headed back to Russia. Per a team announcement, Lipanov has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Spartak Moscow of the KHL. Lipanov spent 2021-22 playing for three teams: the Syracuse Crunch and Texas Stars of the AHL, and the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. He got into 16 total games last season and had one assist. He heads to Russia to jump-start his pro career closer to home.
- Daniel Sylwander, the captain of MODO Hockey in Ornskoldsvik, is changing teams. Tingsryds IF, a rival Allsvenskan club, has announced the signing of Sylwander to a one-year deal. Sylwander has served as captain of MODO for the past two seasons and brings experience and leadership to a Tingsryds club looking to improve upon a tenth place finish in 2021-22.
- Former NHLer Mark Flood is hanging up his skates. Flood, who served as captain of French Ligue Magnus side Rouen last season, has made the decision to retire and join the Ottawa Senators organization, per a team announcement. Flood last played in the NHL in 2011-12 and has played across Europe for the past eight seasons, playing in France, Austria, Russia, and Croatia. Flood, a sixth-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens at the 2003 draft, had 32 points in 43 games last season and captained Rouen to a third-place finish in Ligue Magnus.
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