Two NHL teams interested in former Bruin PJ Axelsson

818696.jpg

Two NHL teams interested in former Bruin PJ Axelsson

It would appear that career Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson wants back into the NHL, and the feeling is mutual for at least a couple of teams.

Axelssons longtime agent Neil Abbott confirmed to CSNNE.com that he is talking to two NHL teams about Axelsson returning to the NHL. 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. In fact Axelsson has played for only the Bruins and Frolunda during his 19-year professional hockey career in a clear display of location consistency.

Abbott wouldnt confirm that the Bruins were one of the teams interested in Axelsson, but said that the amiable Swedish winger wants to finish out his hockey career playing in the NHL.

PJ would like to finish his career in the NHL and I am trying to achieve that for him, wrote Abbott in an email to CSNNE.com. I should have a better idea of what is possible by the end of July.The Swedish forward has one more year on his contract with Frolunda, but typically those deals have "out" clauses for the NHL if there are opportunities for establishedplayers like Axelsson.

Axelsson has visited the TD Garden several times over the last three years to visit his former team. The Bruins meanwhile have expressed a summer-long desire to sign a veteran top-nine Recchi-type forward that could bring leadership and grit to a Bs dressing room that was missing a little of that last season. While Axelsson isnt the grittiest player in the world he is still capable of using his good skating abilities and strong defensive instincts to enjoy success in Claude Juliens offensive and defensive systems.

The Swedish sports news periodical Expressen.se had the original report that NHL teams were interested in Axelssons services.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.