Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Friesen in talks with Swedish club

Ed Belfour may have some company in Leksand this year.

Dalarnas Tidningar is reporting that Jeff Friesen is in talks with the Swedish Tier II club about a contract for the upcoming season.

Formerly a servicable offensive player who had three 60-point seasons in the late '90s, Friesen has had stone hands since the lockout, scoring just 10 goals and 23 points in 123 games over the past two seasons.

Picked 11th overall back in 1994, he was a junior scoring star with the Regina Pats, and will turn 31 tomorrow.

That's awfully young to be closing the book on the NHL.



At 6:19 p.m., September 04, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Not really closing the book on the NHL by choice, I presume.

It's funny. After the 1994 lockout, I remember a bunch of players seemingly disappearing from the NHL, either right at the lockout or within a year or two of it. It seemed higher than usual. I think the same is happening now.

At 6:56 p.m., September 04, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Jeez... he's one step from playing on Hayley Wickenheiser's line in Finland.

At 12:22 p.m., September 05, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Geez we thought that Friesen had retired 2 years ago. Probably his team mates thought the same thing

At 4:56 a.m., September 06, 2007, Anonymous Emsing said...

Acording to the club, they are not going to make any new signings in the near future. But, maybe they're talking about an artist contract wich would mean that Friesen would join sometime in October-November...

At 5:59 p.m., September 08, 2007, Anonymous Keith said...

The Flames shifted him into more of a defensive role, where he actually did pretty well for himself. He wasn't happy with that change in roles, and it seems that his own inability to accept that he is going to have to change his own expectations to remain in the NHL have done him in.

With such an attitude, Friesen will not be missed.


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