It appears that a member of the Boston Bruins may have played in his final game as a player in the National Hockey League.
According to a report from National Hockey League insider Chris Kuc of NHL.com, veteran Bruins forward Tommy Wingels has signed a brand new contract with Geneve-Servette of Switzerland's National League. Kuc reports that the contract is a one year deal that will have a second year option for the player if he so chooses to exercise that option. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed by Kuc and I do not expect that the information will ever be made available to the public.
This is purely speculation on my part at this time but I believe that there is a good chance that this may be the end of Wingels' professional career as a player as far as the National Hockey League is concerned. Wingels is coming off a very rough season and the fact that he has accepted this deal appears to indicate that there are no NHL teams that are currently willing to offer him a contract.
A serious injury forced Wingels to miss all but 18 games during the 2017 - 2018 National Hockey League regular season and over those 18 games he only recorded 2 goals and 3 assists for a total of 5 points and a plus minus rating of -1. That relatively poor performance, as well as the concerns surrounding his recovery from injury are likely what turned NHL teams off of offering him a potential deal.
There's also the matter that Wingels is already over 30 years of age, and although that still makes him a relatively young man it also makes him quite old by the standards of the NHL. Add all the concerns about his performance and his injuries to that and there's really not a ton of upside for teams in the NHL to invest in.
If this is indeed the end of Wingels' career as an NHL player he will finish with 448 career games split between the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, and the aforementioned Boston Bruins. Over his career he recorded a total of 62 goals and 81 assists for 143 career points.
I wish him all the best on this new adventure.
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