A few interesting rumours have appeared in the European press today, concerning several different NHL players.
First, San Jose Sharks defenceman Niclas Wallin, who has been limited to two playoff games thanks to an unspecified lower body injury, is apparently going to return to Europe in the near future. According to a report, Wallin has agreed to a two-year contract with Lulea of the top Swedish league, but it’s unclear if he’ll be going there next season or if he’ll play another year in the NHL first.
Unrestricted free agent forward Rickard Wallin (who last played for Toronto) may also return to Sweden. Wallin is currently representing Sweden at this year’s World Championships, where he has two assists in two games to go along with a plus-1 rating. He didn’t say anything definitive, but in a recent interview noted that it would be “damn fun” to return to Farjestad, the team he spent six seasons with.
Going the other way is Colorado Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos, a defenceman they selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. Holos has told Farjestad management that he will not be back, and will instead spend 2010-11 in North America.
Finally, draft prospect Sebastien Charpentier (not to be confused with the former Capitals goaltender) is rumoured to be coming over to the United States next season, although there’s no word on where he is going to play. Charpentier has decent size and had decent numbers this season in one of Sweden’s junior leagues, but is not regarded as a top prospect.
For more European news, I recommend Elite Prospects, which tracks news and rumours of player transactions in Europe.