9th year left wing Dwight King(21) will soon start the next adventure of his pro career skating for Atvomobilist Yekaterinburg of the KHL after splitting time last season for the first time in his pro career with Montreal Canadiens and 8+ year, draft club Los Angeles Kings, where he’s best known for playing.
Heck, he helped them win the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championships and was fairly consistent taking his game up a level once it hit postseason.
The 28-year old should be outstanding in Russia and may get some looks to return.
He has played 345 NHL games with decent enough stats (53-56 with a +3), especially for a fourth line grinder guy.
8th year defenseman Kane Lafranchise(14) signs his first NHL contract with New York Islanders and will likely return to Bridgeport Sound Tigers for a third tour.
He put up AHL career high marks in 2016/2017 playing 67 games scoring 5 goals and 16 assists for 21 points with a +20 rating.
His previous offensive upticks were for Alaska Aces, who he spent most of his time during his first four pro seasons with, and also won the 2014 Kelly Cup Championship.
He had a goal and a team d-leading 10 assists in 15 playoff games and a +10 rating en route to that title.
The 6’1″ 195 blue liner joined them after three years at University Of Alaska-Anchorage.
His next step would take his game to the higher league agreeing with Utica Comets but ended up splitting time with their ECHL club Kalamazoo Wings.
The 29-year seems to be hitting his stride and will likely post more new bests in the upcoming campaign.
7th year center Robbie Czarnik(77) has decided 183 ECHL games is quite enough for now deciding to sign a one-year deal and head to DEL2, where he’ll join Eisperaten Crimmitschau for 2017/2018.
He played a career high 66 games with 2nd year team Reading Royals scoring a new best 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points with a +20 rating.
The 27-year old will be playing for his tenth pro squad and should really put up the points in the tier 2 Germany league.
It would be little surprise to see him move up the ladder to DEL.
5th year left wing Anthony Camara(36) decides it’s time to start exploring for his hockey career signing with Odense Bulldogs of Metal Ligaen for 2017/2018.
The decently-sized tough forward put together a decent campaign last season splitting time between St. John’s IceCaps, where he scored 3 goals and 5 assists in 23 AHL games and Kalamazoo Wings, his team of contract and grabbed 9 goals and 8 assists in 25 ECHL games.
As his entry level deal expired at the end of 2015/2016, he was with Charlotte Checkers after a trade sent him from draft team Boston Bruins to Carolina Hurricanes.
He was left unqualified making him an unrestricted free agent.
The still young 23-year old soon to turn 24 should excel pretty well in Denmark and climb the overseas ladder.
8th year left wing Chris Auger(16) will head back to England for a 2nd tour signing with Manchester Storm for 2017/2018.
He played 2014/2015 for Fife Flyers and did exceedingly well (16 goals, 26 assists) in 41 EIHL games.
Otherwise, the original Chicago Blackhawks‘ 6th round pick in the 2006 draft (#169 overall) has skated 190 ECHL games with his last pair mostly with Brampton Beast, where he twice notched 30+ points.
He started his pro career in the Central Hockey League under contract to Mississippi RiverKings, then had his best year yet as a sophomore player with Fort Wayne Komets (28 goals, 31 assists for 59 points).
The 5’10” 170 lbs. forward stayed with the club for another pair of years through their switch up to better hockey.
At 29-years old there’s a good chance the cancer survivors will stay overseas and possibly once again light it up.
12th year center Tim Sestito(43) decides after his 2nd season with Dinamo Riga will be his last for any squad.
In 53 KHL games through 2016/2017 he scored 5 goals and 7 assists with a bit of a dreadful -14 rating but with his 75 penalty minutes proved he is still the same agitator on ice he’s always been and is always good for at least a couple of fisticuffs’ battles.
He hangs up those skates having played 101 NHL games, 103 in Russia, a monstrous 451 AHL contests and even 138 in the ECHL.
What the 32-year old will decide to do next is still up in the air but coaching would be an amazing prospect for him to pursue.
3rd year undrafted defenseman Spiro Goulakos(6) has signed a pair of AHL deals, first with Rochester Americans, then Hartford Wolf Pack but has played the majority of his games in the ECHL with Elmira Jackals and Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Through 46 games in the lower league last season the 6’2″ 195 lbs. blue liner put up a career high 15 goals and 34 assists.
The two-time captain of his Colgate University team is heading overseas for a new path.
He signs a 0ne-year deal to join Belfast Giants of the EIHL, where he should play himself up to another new level.
At 27-years old, he’s definitely getting up there in veteran status but with the move could find a good spot in England or will look to keep moving for better contracts.
10th year veteran center Andrew Joudrey(11) retires after three seasons with Adler Mannheim. where he won the 2015 DEL Championship in his first run overseas.
His pro career started playing four campaigns with Hershey Bears, while under contract to Washington Capitals, then moved onto a pair of years for Columbus Blue Jackets and was assistant captain for affiliate Springfield Falcons before signing a minor league deal to continue with the team.
The 33-year old picked up decent numbers in his first year in Germany but tailed off his last two.
He leaves the ice with an NCAA Championship, 2 Calder Cups and a DEL title, which ain’t too shabby.
No word quite yet what he’ll do as he wraps up but obviously coaching would look to be a natural move for him to make.
Undrafted 3-year defenseman Ian Young(7) goes exploring for his next on ice adventure signing a one-year deal with Fife Flyers of EIHL.
He put up a new, modest career high 3 goals and 8 assists for Elmira Jackals in 44 ECHL games last season.
Those scoring totals outpaced anything he did in four years at Colorado College.
The 6’1″ 200 lbs. signed his first deal with Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL, skating 23 games recording 11 assists, before being loaned up and sticking.
At 25-years old, he should be able to affect the score sheet more in England but will definitely be a welcome addition for his tough to play against, shut-down style.
Undrafted 8th year Croatian-born right wing Borna Rendulic(71) heads back to Liiga after 3-years of North American hockey signing with Pelicans for 2017/2018.
He signed a 2-year entry level deal with Colorado Avalanche in 2014/2015 and upon skating his first game with the big club he became the first player from his country to play in the NHL.
The very decently sized 6’2″ 198 lbs. power forward would find his way into 11 games scoring his first goal and an assist.
He would make only three appearances in his follow-up campaign, otherwise, mostly being reassigned to affiliate San Antonio Rampage, where he posted a career high 16 goals and 22 assists in 68 AHL games.
Apparently this fell a bit short of expectations as he was left unqualified by the parent club and became an unrestricted free agent.
Vancouver Canucks wasted little time stepping in to pick up his services.