NHL NEWS CATCH-UP: MORE NHL PLAYERS TO EUROPE; VESA TOSKALA RETIRES

Apologies for the lack of articles the last week or so, my real life job has precluded me from having the time required to keep on top of the latest NHL news!

So, in short, here is the latest!

Former NHL Goalie Vesa Toskala retires at 35

As per Sportsnet, ex-NHL goalie Vesa Toskala has retired from professional hockey at the relatively young age (for a goalie) of 35.  The former 4th round pick (1995) of the San Jose Sharks had a fair career as an NHL backup, including a couple of solid but unspectacular seasons in 05-06 and 06-07, but it could be argued that his success was more a product of a great Sharks team than him being a good goalie.  I say this because, overall, Toskala was pretty bad.  In particular, his last 3 seasons in the league, primarily spent in Toronto but finishing with a 6 game stint in Calgary, were simply awful.  Things didn’t get much better for Toskala after he left the NHL, putting in awful performances in Sweden and Finland over the last two seasons.  It’s not hard to see why he retired.  I don’t want to be too harsh on the guy, he was just about good enough to play in the NHL for several years and that’s certainly better than a vast majority of people can manage; but when measured against his peers – he just doesn’t compare.

And to think the Sharks traded Mika Kiprusoff because they thought Toskala was better.

More NHL Players head to European Leagues

The exodus of NHLers to European destinations has continued:

  • Nik Antropov (KHL)
  • Jamie Benn (Germany)
  • Sean Bergenheim (SM-Liiga)
  • Patrice Bergeron (Swiss)
  • Patrik Berglund (SEL)
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (KHL)
  • Damien Brunner (Swiss)
  • Roman Cervenka (Czech)
  • Zdeno Chara (KHL)
  • Logan Couture (Swiss)
  • Jason Demers (SM-Liiga)
  • Matt Duchene (SEL)
  • Tyler Ennis (Swiss)
  • Michael Frolik (Czech)
  • Marcel Goc (Germany)
  • Carl Hagelin (SEL)
  • Patric Hornqvist (Swiss B)
  • Jaromir Jagr (Czech)
  • Tomas Kaberle (Czech)
  • Evander Kane (KHL)
  • Erik Karlsson (SM-Liiga)
  • Jakub Kindl (Czech)
  • Dmitri Kulikov (KHL)
  • Andrew Ladd (KHL)
  • Brooks Laich (Swiss)
  • Gabriel Landeskog (SEL)
  • Andrei Markov (KHL)
  • Douglas Murray (SEL)
  • Jan Mursak (Austria)
  • Michal Neuvirth (Czech)
  • Nikita Nikitin (KHL)
  • Max Pacioretty (Swiss)
  • Ondrej Pavelec (Czech)
  • Rich Peverley (SM-Liiga)
  • Tuukka Rask (Czech)
  • Pekka Rinne (KHL)
  • Kris Russell (SM-Liiga)
  • Tyler Seguin (Swiss)
  • Alex Semin (KHL)
  • Wayne Simmonds (Germany 2)
  • Ladi Smid (Czech)
  • Jason Spezza (Swiss)
  • Jared Spurgeon (Swiss)
  • Alex Steen (SEL)
  • Anthony Stewart (EIHL)
  • Chris Stewart (Germany)
  • Mark Streit (Swiss)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (KHL)
  • John Tavares (Swiss)
  • Jakub Voracek (KHL)

 

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