10-year NHL veteran leaves North America, signs one-year deal in Europe

Published July 20, 2023 at 2:10 PM

After becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, it was unclear what options long-time NHL forward Derek Grant had here in North America. 20 days later, Grant has made a decision on where he'll be playing next season.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Grant has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland's National League.

Note: the following quote is translated from German

"Derek is a physically strong striker who can hold the puck very well and will give our team both size and toughness," says sporting director Sven Leuenberger. "He goes where it hurts, is strong in front of goal,"

Grant, 33, appeared in 427 career games in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and the Anaheim Ducks, who he spent the majority of his time with.

In those 427 games, the Abbotsford, British Columbia native put up 132 points (57 goals, 75 assists), 162 penalty minutes and was a minus-42. Grant also added two assists in 19 career games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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