Discussion in 'Trade Rumors and Free Agent Talk' started by caley, Sep 20, 2019.
Ironic timing, and cautionary tale, given the exceptional # of players who applied for, or earned, exceptional status recently in CHL.
If I remember correctly, at the time, a lot of concern was that Day was just bigger than everyone else, not necessarily better. That his head just wasn't in the game, and I won't be surprised if he takes a one year deal in the AHL or just walks away this year or next.
I liked Vala a lot back when I was able to scout a lot of WHL. Seems like this year he stepped up and played more AHL hockey after being mostly in the ECHL previously.
I will be interested in how many European players seek out this route in order to play closer to home amidst this pandemic. There’s always a handful of players that do this, I wonder if it will be more this season.
Not just closer to home, but we don't really know when the AHL and ECHL will resume play. They are gate-driven leagues, can they even operate without selling tickets to put fans in the building? For some players it may be about hedging their bet and if they can secure an opportunity to actually play in a Europe-based league, they may just take it rather than deal with the uncertainty that is the NA minor pro league season of 2020-21.
Rumoured to be signing back in the KHL for next season
Never came over to North America in the 2 years since signing with the Preds. Weird signing.
Apparently I stopped updating these charts the day before the trade deadline, so they're all updated now.
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