After a strong season in the Swiss NLA this season, it seemed like veteran winger Tommy Wingels could be a candidate to return to the NHL this offseason. However, that won’t be the case as his now-former club team in Geneve-Servette announced that the 32-year-old has decided to retire.
Wingels spent the last two seasons in Switzerland and had a good year offensively for the Eagles, collecting 16 goals and 23 assists in just 44 games which was good enough to put him second on the team in scoring behind former NHL winger Daniel Winnik. Their playoffs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before crossing the pond, Wingels was a veteran of 448 career NHL regular season games, the majority of which were spent in San Jose who drafted him in the sixth round (177th overall) back in 2008. He wrapped up the final couple of years with Ottawa, Chicago, and Boston where he was predominantly in a fourth line and penalty killing role. Overall, Wingels calls it a career with 62 goals and 81 assists under his belt along with 1,211 hits, good for an average of 2.7 per game.
Geneve-Servette wasted little time finding his replacement as they’ve inked winger Linus Omark to a two-year deal to take his place. Omark spent parts of three NHL seasons between Edmonton and Buffalo before returning overseas for the 2014-15 campaign.