Lockout dashes Axelsson's hopes of an NHL return

Lockout dashes Axelsson's hopes of an NHL return
September 20, 2012, 10:32 pm
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Add another former Bruins player to the names of hockey players that have fallen victim to an NHL lockout thats unfortunately gaining steam in September: P.J. Axelsson.
The Sweden native and former Bruins forward was denied a chance to return to the NHL one last time due to the uncertainty of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and he instead reported back to his hometown team of Frolunda.
I think I could have closed a deal, but the lockout was such a certainty by mid-August that it made no sense to take a chance and walk away from Frolunda, said P.J. Axelssons Boston-based agent Neil Abbott to CSNNE.com. He is off to a good start with two points in his first three games For Frolunda.
According to Abbott, the defensive forward specialist had an interested NHL suitor over the summer rumored to be the Philadelphia Flyers. Axelsson also had a desire to return to the NHL after spending the last three years in Sweden following a parting of ways with the Bruins.
But it wasnt meant to be this time around for Axelsson.
The 37-year-old Swedish forward spent 12 years with the Boston Bruins before leaving the NHL after scoring 30 points in the 2008-09. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Axelsson has played three seasons for Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League including posting 14 points in each of the last two seasons while skating for his hometown team.
Axelsson played in 797 career games for the Bruins while putting up 103 goals and 184 assists, and became a dependable third line left winger known for his defensive capabilities and strong leadership qualities. Axelsson has played for only the Bruins and Frolunda during his 19-year professional hockey career in a clear display of location consistency.
Axelsson will be a free agent following the final year of his deal with Frolunda after this season, and perhaps the NHL will once again beckon the affable Swede if of course the CBA snafu has been solved by then.