OTTAWA - Peter Regin is hoping to go back home soon.
But until he knows that he’s not going to get dinged with a huge tax bill, he’ll hang around Ottawa.
The Senators centre skated with a group of locked-out NHLers Tuesday at the Bell Sensplex, but he’d like to get back to Denmark soon — to play for his hometown Herning Blue Fox.
“Hopefully we’ll figure it out this week,” said Regin. “There are some tax issues.
“I’m trying to get a letter from the government that I don’t have to pay taxes on money I earned in Canada. It could end up costing me a lot of money to play there.”
Regin played for the Blue Fox of the Danish Elite League from 2002-05.
“The last lockout (in 2004-05), I was 18. It was my last year (with Herning),” he said. “It’s like the East Coast Hockey League. There’s no fighting, but it’s competitive.”
He’s anxious to put aside a disappointing 2011-12 season with the Senators, when he dislocated his shoulder in February. He had just three goals.
“Usually when the leaves are changing colours, we’re playing hockey,” he said. “But I’ve been having fun while I’m here.”
It’s obvious he longs to play for real, not just participating in drills.
After staying off the golf course until July because of shoulder surgery, Regin has been able to work on his game lately, shooting a best round of 75.