The Detroit Red Wings won’t be bringing back Mathias Brome next season, as the free agent forward has signed a two-year contract with HC Davos in Switzerland. While they could technically retain his restricted free agent rights by extending a qualifying offer this offseason, Brome will become an unrestricted free agent by the time this new contract in the NL expires.
Brome, 26, played 26 games for the Red Wings this season, his first (and perhaps only) season in North America. The Swedish forward was a star for Orebro HK in 2019-20, scoring 17 goals and 43 points in 52 games, but failed to bring any of that production to the NHL. In Detroit, he scored just a single goal and registered two points, ending up bouncing back and forth between the active roster and taxi squad for most of the year.
The fact that he is going back to Europe shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after that performance, but he is still a player to keep an eye on down the road. He’ll still be young enough in 2023 that an NHL team could potentially take another chance on him, should Brome want to return at that point. The Red Wings, who don’t have a single player on a one-way deal past the 2022-23 season, could afford to take chances on European free agents in the hopes that one would stick as an NHL regular.