Six more players have moved on from the Elite League as speculation towards cancellation of the new season continues to grow.
Three Nottingham Panthers players and one each from Glasgow Clan, Dundee Stars and Cardiff Devils were all announced to have left their clubs from last season as Tuesday’s decision day gets ever closer.
Shawn Boutin has departing the Stars after two years to sign for ECHL side Rapid City Rush, where he’ll team up with two former Elite League campaigners in Mike Hedden, formerly of Cardiff Devils and ex-Stars captain Joey Sides.
Nottingham Panthers announced the retirement of veteran forward Jullien Talbot, who played for the club last season.
The two-time DEL champion joined from Eispiraten Crimmitschau and picked up 34 points in 39 games for the club, but has now decided the time is right to end his career now.
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Panthers also saw departures for defenceman Adam Deutsch, who returns to Strömsbro in the Swedish third tier, where he started his career in the youth system.
He’ll play alongside his two brother, David and Gabriel as well in an opportunity he described as “once in a lifetime.”
Young D-man Joshua Tetlow has also moved on to play in Finland, where he’s joined third tier side JHT Kalajoki.
The 22-year-old said: “I’m coming to Kalajoki because the team is high quality and youthful. I believe I’m perfect for the team and I can help the team with my contribution as well as trying to learn as much as possible and bring hard work ethic and attitude to the team.
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“That’s how they try to win as many games as possible. The city of Kalajoki and the fans of JHT seem amazing so I can’t wait to see you.”
After seeing Gleason Fournier and Evan Mosey move, Cardiff Devils confirmed their British forward Sam Duggan is also leaving for a year where he’s joined Swedish side Segeltorps IF.
It’s not the first time Duggan has played in Sweden, after playing in Orebro for four years between 2014 and 2018 prior to his move to the Elite League.
In Glasgow, Rasmus Bjerrum has left after two years, returning to his native Denmark, where he’s signed for Esbjerg Energy.
Bjerrum had previously played with Odense Bulldogs prior to his move to the UK and will play alongside former Coventry Blaze and Dundee forward Charles Corcoran.