Douglas Murray

Report: Sharks’ Murray leaves Swedish club

San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray has decided to part ways with Swedish second division club Djurgardens, according to

The veteran rearguard no longer appears on the team roster and is believed to be returning to North America in the near future.

Murray, 32, appeared in 14 games for Djurgardens, scoring 1G-2A-3PTS while racking up 36 penalty minutes. The signing received a lot of attention in Sweden as Murray used to play for the club at the junior level before leaving to play prep hockey in North America in 1997 (he’d later play four years at Cornell before signing with the Sharks.)

The timing of Murray’s departure has raised a few eyebrows.

Aside from the fact CBA negotiations have heated up in recent days, there’s also the not-so-tiny fact that Gabriel Landeskog — the reigning Calder Trophy winner — left Djurgarden earlier this week.

Landeskog and Murray join a list of other notable players that have recently returned from their European excursions: Tuukka Rask, Jason Chimera, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, most notably.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.