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Skelleftea raid continues: Sharks sign SHL standout Karlsson


After winning back-to-back Swedish league titles, Skelleftea AIK is getting its cupboard raided.

On Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced they’ve signed Skelleftea forward Melker Karlsson to a one-year pact. Karlsson, 23, had 25 points in 48 regular season games this year and 12 in 14 postseason affairs, finishing 6th in the SHL in playoff scoring.

As mentioned above, he’s just the latest to leave the Swedish powerhouse. On Wednesday, St. Louis signed Joakim Lindstrom — who’d spent the last three seasons with Skelleftea after a seven-year NHL stint — and, later that day, Nashville announced it agreed to terms with defenseman Johan Alm, who’d spent the last two years in Skelleftea.

The club also lost another player — Jimmie Ericsson, brother of Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson — as he signed with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg earlier this week.


Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.