(CP) - Having failed to land a job with an NHL team, veteran goaltender Ed Belfour is reportedly ready to continue his career overseas.
According to a report in Swedish sports publication Expressen, Belfour is "very close" to signing a contract with second-division Leksand of the Swedish League.
What do you think about 'Eddie the Eagle's' possible flight up north?
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Ed Belfour to Sweden?
Maybe he doesn't want to coach. He wants to play
wayne, 2007-08-21 12:25:59
Its not like he will be making millions in the swedish league so he should retire and try to get into coaching or scouting if he loves the game so much and work his way up to the NHL that way. He would be a good goalie coach.
Tim, 2007-08-21 09:22:58
Good for him though. Playing hockey is what counts to him, and at his age, this would be a good situation for him to relax and play a mid level of hockey.
Gordon S., 2007-08-20 18:40:40
I do think that there is some merit to the idea of walking away from the game with your head up and not being asked to leave, though.
Wayne, you still play sports at 41, and that's good, but playing in an amateur league or a rec league is a lot different from this situation, obviously. Eddie can play until he's 70 if he wants to, but to continue playing pro is another story.
There is nothing more painful to watch than an old pro athlete hanging on an extra year or two past the end because his mind and heart are not cooperating.
I think you damage your legacy if you have to basically be begged to go.
Think of Paul Coffey/Ray Bourque. Bourque went off on top, and everyone still regards him as one of the greatest ever. Coffey, who had similar or better stats and more Cups, hung around and went from team to team looking for a spot, and people feel differently about him, despite what he did as a pro. There is a lack of affection for him, and I think it is partly because it was hard to watch a once-great skater keep up to faster, younger players.
Ted Richards, 2007-08-20 18:17:20
Rowdy Piper, 2007-08-19 21:46:52