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What do you think about Belfour going to Sweden?
Sun, August 19, 2007

(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?



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Sweden is the highest level that will accept him. He loves hockey and wants to keep playing at the highest level he can. He likes to compete with people at his ability level. HE LOVES HOCKEY.

Maybe he doesn't want to coach. He wants to play
wayne, 2007-08-21 12:25:59

Eddie will be playing in the swedish elite 2nd division. To me that means he should pack it in. If he could have signed with a 1st division team then I would say keep playing.

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
Tim, 2007-08-21 09:22:58

If Belfour plays in Sweden next year, it is obviously a lot lower than the highest level (NHL).

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

What do I think? I think if he wants to go and is still capable of playing, good on him.

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

Obviously Belfour loves hockey. Something that is lost with a lot of modern athletes who love money more. He wants to play at the highest level he can for as long as he can. I'm 41 and haven't stopped playing sports, never want to. My dad played soccer until 67. Couldn't picture the thought of stopping. Saddest day for him was when he stopped. Best of luck Belfour.
wayne, 2007-08-20 11:17:23

yeah Belfour does probably still have another good year or two in him and if he were anybody else he would be ending his playing days over here playing 20 games a year or so. But he is Ed Belfour, a player who has shown himself to be untrustworthy and out-of-control at times over the years. Remember when he trashed a hotel room in Dallas and tried to bribe a cop with a billion dollars?..lol...nah, no NHL team wnats an over-the-hill goalie who's unstable to boot. I wish him luck in Sweden though, the lucky sonuvab. Ever see the women there? Theres more to life than just money lol.
Norbit, 2007-08-20 07:19:05

Wow, I'm really surprised by the reaction to this news from people. As far as I'm concerned if a guy can still hack it into his 40's, more power to him. Eddie showed he clearly still had it in keeping Florida close and in the running for a playoff spot down the stretch while playing for a relatively bad team. Eddie was 27-17-10, which is pretty damn good. I'm surprised someone wouldn't take a chance on a guy like this.
jamEs, 2007-08-19 21:51:39

Don't worry...Raycroft will soon be joining him over there?


Rowdy Piper, 2007-08-19 21:46:52

Even horses are retired to stud. You'd think Eddie would get the message or is he waiting on his OAS.
Jimbo, 2007-08-19 21:31:56

Who cares if Eddie wants to still play,are all you people jealous or what.Give the guy a break,he loves hockey PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
Brewner, 2007-08-19 21:23:32

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