After spending most of last season in the minor leagues, Stefan Matteau is headed overseas. The free agent foward has signed a two-year contract with Linkoping HC of the SHL, ending his run in North America for the time being.
Matteau, 28, was a first-round pick of the New Jersey Devils back in 2012 and has bounced around the league over the last few seasons. Playing NHL games with the Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Vegas Golden Knights, Columbus Blue Jackets, and most recently the Colorado Avalanche, the versatile forward was unable to really establish himself as a full-time option.
It is somewhat interesting to see him head to Europe, given the fact that Matteau has landed NHL contracts over and over again, despite not really playing much at that level. Last season, he was signed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Avalanche that included a strong minor league guarantee of $250K. He had secured guarantees of $200K on each of his last three contracts as well.
Still, with the SHL being a very competitive league and Matteau describing this chance as an “adventure” for himself and his family, it makes sense for him to pursue the new challenge. If the two-year deal marks the end of his NHL career, he’ll finish with 92 games played and 11 points at the highest level.