Cross-Ocean transfer frenzy

ZURICH – The absence of an IIHF-NHL Player Transfer Agreement doesn’t stop transfer activity. On the contrary; while 63 European-based players have signed with National Hockey League clubs for the 2008-09 season, 64 NHLers went the opposite way.

In total, 52 European-born players have either signed rookie contracts with an NHL team or are rejoining the NHL after having played in Europe. Swedes top the list with 16 players in front of Russia with eleven, and the Czech Republic and Finland with seven players each. Other Europeans: Denmark (3), Germany, Latvia, Slovakia (2), Belarus and Switzerland (1).

Adding to those 52 Europeans, 11 North Americans, who played in Europe last season, signed NHL contracts for 2008-09.

While 63 players decided to go west, 64 NHLers – players who basically played in minor leagues last season are not included – signed contracts in Europe. Out of this number, 37 are European returnees and 27 are North Americans.

The new KHL lured most players, 34; 25 of them went to Russian teams, four to Kazakhstan’s Barys Astana, three to Latvia’s Dinamo Riga, and two to Belarus’ Dynamo Minsk. Nine NHLers signed in Switzerland, seven in Sweden, six in Germany, five in the Czech Republic and three in Finland.

And more signings can be expected. While the expired IIHF-NHL transfer agreement virtually prevented NHL clubs from signing players from Europe after June 15, the transfer-less situation makes it possible for the NHL to sign European league players basically until the end of the season, providing they are free-agents or if the player has secured his own release.

From Europe to the NHL

 

Belarus

Sergei Kolosov

D

Dynamo Minsk (BLR-KHL)

Detroit

 

Czech Republic

Jan Platil

D

Khabarovsk (RUS)

Philadelphia

Michal Frolik

F

Kladno (CZE)

Florida (via QMJHL 2y)

Josef Hrabal

D

Severstal (RUS)

Edmonton

Tomas Kundratek

D

Trinec (CZE)

NY Rangers

Tomas Mojzis *

D

Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)

Minnesota

Josef Melichar

D

Linkoping (SWE)

Carolina

Petr Nedved

F

Sparta Prague (CZE)

NY Rangers - try-out

 

Denmark

Mikkel Bodker

F

Frolunda (SWE)

Phoenix (via OHL 1 year)

Lars Eller

F

Frolunda (SWE)

St. Louis (stays with FHC 08-09)

Peter Regin

F

Timra (SWE)

Ottawa

 

Finland

Antti Niemi

G

Lahti (FIN)

Chicago

Anssi Salmela

D

Tappara (FIN)

New Jersey

Ville Leino

F

Jokerit (FIN)

Detroit

Oskar Osala

F

Espoo (FIN)

Washington

Jesse Joensuu

F

Assat Pori (FIN)

NY Islanders

Ossi Vaananen

D

Djurgarden (SWE)

Philadelphia

Janne Pesonen

F

Karpat Oulu (FIN)

Pittsburgh

 

Germany

Timo Pielmeier

G

Kolner Haie (GER)

St. Louis (via QMJHL 1y)

Felix Schutz

F

Ingolstadt (GER)

Buffalo

 

Latvia

Arturs Kulda

D

CSKA Moscow (RUS)

Atlanta (via OHL 2y)

Janis Sprukts

F

Lukko Rauma (FIN)

Florida

 

Russia

Evgeni Artyukhin

F

CSKA Moscow (RUS)

Tampa Bay

Anton Babchuk

D

Avangard Omsk (RUS)

Carolina

Fedor Fedorov *

F

Dynamo Moscow (RUS)

New Jersey

Nikita Filatov *

F

CSKA Moscow (RUS)

Columbus

Nikolai Kulemin

F

Magnitogorsk (RUS)

Toronto

Andrei Loktionov *

F

Yaroslavl (RUS)

Los Angeles

Maxim Mayorov

F

Kazan (RUS)

Columbus

Viktor Tikhonov *

F

Severstal Cherepovets (RUS)

Phoenix

Semen Varlamov

G

Yaroslavl (RUS)

Washington

Vyacheslav Voynov *

D

Chelyabinsk (RUS)

Los Angeles

Vladimir Zharkov

F

CSKA Moscow (RUS)

New Jersey

 

Slovakia

Tomas Zaborsky

F

Dukla Trencin (SVK)

NY Rangers (via OHL 2y)

Tomas Marcinko

F

Kosice (SVK)

NY Islanders (via OHL 2y)

 

Sweden

Jonas Ahnelov

D

Frolunda (SWE)

Phoenix

Mikael Backlund

F

Vasteras (SWE)

Calgary

Fabian Brunnstrom

F

Farjestad (SWE)

Dallas

Jonas Frogren

D

Farjestad (SWE)

Toronto

Patric Hornqvist

F

Djurgarden (SWE)

Nashville

Oscar Moller

F

Djurgarden (SWE)

Los Angeles (via WHL 2y)

Robin Figren

F

Frolunda (SWE)

NY Islanders (via WHL 2y, stays DIF 08-09)

Jonas Junland

D

Linkoping (SWE)

St. Louis

Daniel Larsson

G

Djurgarden (SWE)

Detroit

Dick Axelsson

F

Djurgarden (SWE)

Detroit* (stays with DIF 08-09)

Joel Gistedt

G

Frolunda (SWE)

Phoenix

Jhonas Enroth

G

Sodertalje (SWE)

Buffalo

Dennis Persson

D

Djurgarden (SWE)

Buffalo* (stays with Timra 08-09)

Andreas Jamtin

F

HV71 (SWE)

NY Rangers

Per Ledin

F

HV71 (SWE)

Colorado

Daniel Tjarnqvist

D

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS)

Colorado

 

Switzerland

Yannick Weber

D

Bern (SUI)

Montreal (via OHL 2y)

 

Returning North Americans

Eric Boguniecki

F

Ingolstadt (GER)

Anaheim

Brendan Buckley

D

Iserlohn (GER)

San Jose

Mark Giordano

D

Dynamo Moscow (RUS)

Calgary

Josh Green

F

Salzburg (AUT)

Anaheim

Dwight Helminen

F

Jyveskyla (FIN)

Carolina

Yanick Lehoux

F

Mytishchi (RUS)

Montreal

Jamie Lund

F

Dynamo Moscow (RUS)

Calgary

Tim Stapleton

F

Jokerit (FIN)

Toronto

Ryan Vesce

F

HIFK Helsinki (FIN)

San Jose

Landon Wilson

F

HC Lugano (SUI)

Dallas

Chad Wiseman

F

Wolfsburg (GER)

New Jersey

 

NHLers to Europe

Ivan Baranka

D

NY Rangers

Spartak Moscow (RUS)

Curtis Brown

F

San Jose

Kloten (SUI)

Sergei Brylin

F

New Jersey

St. Petersburg (RUS)

Frederic Cassivi

G

Washington

Nurnberg (GER)

Noah Clarke

F

New Jersey

Ambri-Piotta (SUI)

Kevin Dallman

F

Los Angeles

Astana (KAZ-KHL)

Joe DiPenta

D

Anaheim

Frolunda (SWE)

Wade Dubielewicz

G

NY Islanders

Kazan (RUS)

Ray Emery

G

Ottawa

Atlant Mytishchi (RUS)

John Grahame

G

Carolina

Omsk (RUS)

Jeff Giuliano

F

Los Angeles

Minsk (BLR-KHL)

Mark Hartigan

F

Detroit

Riga (LAT-KHL)

Sean Hill

D

Minnesota

Biel/Bienne (SUI)

Jaroslav Hlinka

F

Colorado

Linkoping (SWE)

Jan Hlavac

F

Nashville

Linkoping (SWE)

Johan Holmqvist

G

Dallas

Frolunda (SWE)

Marcel Hossa

F

Phoenix

Riga (LAT-KHL)

Jaromir Jagr

F

NY Rangers

Omsk (RUS)

Magnus Johansson

D

Florida

Atlant Mytishchi (RUS)

Mike Johnson

F

St. Louis

Kolner Haie (GER)

Niko Kapanen

F

Phoenix

Kazan (RUS)

Sami Kapanen

F

Philadelphia

KalPa (FIN)

Martin Kariya

F

St. Louis

SCL Tigers (SUI)

Andreas Karlsson

F

Tampa Bay

Frolunda (SWE)

Jason King

F

Anaheim

Mannheim (GER)

Jon Klemm

D

Los Angeles

EHC Straubing (GER)

Jason Krog *

F

Atlanta

Cherepovets (RUS) / Vancouver

Joel Kwiatkowski

D

Atlanta

Cherepovets (RUS)

Trevor Letowski

F

Carolina

Astana (KAZ-KHL)

Martin Lojek

D

Florida

Trinec (CZE)

Steve McCarthy

D

Atlanta

Salavat Yulayev (RUS)

Branislav Mezei

D

Florida

Astana (KAZ-KHL)

Jaroslav Modry

D

Philadelphia

Liberec (CZE)

Ladislav Nagy

F

Los Angeles

Cherepovets (RUS)

Petteri Nummelin

D

Minnesota

Lugano (SUI)

Dimitri Patzold

G

San Jose

Vityaz (RUS)

Karel Pilar

D

Atlanta

Magnitogorsk (RUS)

John Pohl

F

Toronto

Lugano (SUI)

Mark Popovic

D

Atlanta

St. Petersburg (RUS)

Karel Rachunek

D

New Jersey

Dynamo Moscow (RUS)

Branko Radivojevic

F

Minnesota

Spartak Moscow (RUS)

Alexander Radulov *

F

Nashville

Salavat Yulayev (RUS)

Byron Ritchie

F

Vancouver

Servette (SUI)

Randy Robitaille

F

Ottawa

Lugano (SUI)

Allan Rourke

D

Edmonton

Ingolstadt (GER)

Martin Rucinsky

F

St. Louis

Sparta Prague (CZE)

Stefan Ruzicka

F

Philadelphia

Saprtak (RUS)

Michael Ryan

F

Buffalo

Minsk (BLR-KHL)

Bruno St. Jacques

D

Anaheim

Ingolstadt (GER)

Chris Simon

F

Minnesota

Vityaz (RUS)

Martin Straka

F

NY Rangers

Plzen (CZE)

Jozef Stumpel

F

Florida

Astana (KAZ-KHL)

Dick Tarnstrom

D

Columbus

AIK Stockholm (SWE)

Patrick Thoresen

F

Philadelphia

Lugano (SUI)

Mathias Tjarnqvist

F

Phoenix

Rogle (SWE)

Hannu Toivonen

G

St. Louis

Ilves Tampere (FIN)

Denis Tolpeko

F

Philadelphia

Dynamo Moscow (RUS)

Lauri Tukonen

F

Dallas

Ilves Tampere (FIN)

Josef Vasicek

F

NY Islanders

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS)

Vitali Vishnevsky

D

New Jersey

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS)

David Vyborny

F

Columbus

Sparta Prague (CZE)

Kyle Wanvig

F

Tampa Bay

Khabarovsk (RUS)

Duvie Westcott

D

Columbus

Riga (LAT-KHL)

Andrei Zyuzin

D

Chicago

St. Petersburg (RUS)


* Disputed transfers or/and transfers under review by the IIHF

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