Maine Hockey Journal

Persson staying in Europe

Just last week, the Buffalo Sabres announced they had signed Sabres’ prospect Dennis Persson to a three-year entry-level deal.

During a press conference to announce the signing of another prospect – Tim Kennedy –, Sabres’ GM Darcy Regier commented that Persson was likely to stay in Europe for another year.

It was confirmed yesterday as Persson signed a one-year deal with Timra of the Swedish Elite League.

Persson, the Sabres’ first-round draft pick (24th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft had spent the last season with Djurgarden of the SEL and Nykoping of the Sweden’s First Division (minor league for the Swedish Elite League).

At yesterday’s press conference to announce Buffalo’s affiliation with Portland, Regier spoke about Persson and his reasons for staying in Europe.

“It was more of a personal choice (for Persson),” he said. “We have deadlines, in which we have to have players signed, and in the case of the European players they have the ability to dictate some of their own terms, one being to choose to stay in Europe an additional year and that’s what he’s chosen. We’ll respect that and hopefully we’ll have a better player down the road.”

So look for Persson to cross the pond in 2009, most likely to start his North American career in a Portland Pirates jersey.

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