Author: Mike Halford

Cam Janssen

Veteran tough guy Janssen signs in England


Cam Janssen, a longtime enforcer that’s appeared in 336 games with the Devils and Blues, has taken his game overseas and joined Nottingham of the Elite Ice Hockey League, the club has announced.

Originally selected by New Jersey at the 2002 draft, Janssen broke in with the Devils before moving to St. Louis in 2007, spending four years with the club. In 2011, he returned to Jersey and appeared in a handful of big-league games, spending most of his time — including all of last season — with AHL Albany.

A noted pugilist — per HockeyFights, he’s scrapped over 90 times in his career — Janssen, 31, is just the latest enforcer to join the EIHL, which is made up of teams from Scotland, England and Wales.

Kevin Westgarth spent last season with the Belfast Giants while Paul Bissonnette signed with Cardiff, only to return to the Coyotes organization days later.

Ex-NHL enforcer Purinton arrested for burglary

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Dale Purinton, a defenseman that played nearly 200 games for the Rangers from ’00-04, has been arrested in New York for first degree burglary, a Class-B Felony.

More, from Yahoo:

The arrest stems from an assault investigation by the Sheriff’s Road Patrol in the Village of Sylvan Beach that occurred on August 11, 2015. The investigation indicated that Purinton broke into a residence and caused physical injury to the sole occupant in the residence. Purinton fled the scene prior to police arrival and the victim was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the City of Utica, for medical treatment, the victim was later released.

During the course of the investigation, the Criminal Investigation Unit developed information that Purinton may be staying with relatives in Otsego County, NY. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office located Purinton at a residence in the Town of Laurens and he was taken into custody without incident.

Purinton’s playing career ended with an AHL stint in Lake Erie during the 2007-08. From there he went into coaching, most recently with the Kerry Park Islanders of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

Report: Prospect Ehlers mulling Swiss league if he doesn’t make Jets

Nikolaj Ehlers

Nikolaj Ehlers will be one to watch at Winnipeg’s training camp this fall.

Ehlers, the Jets’ first-round pick (ninth overall) at the 2014 draft, is reportedly open to playing in the Swiss league should he not make the Jets roster out of the preseason, per news agency Sportinformation.

More (courtesy Swiss Hockey News):

“I honestly do not think about this now,” the 19-year-old Dane says to the Sportinformation. “But Switzerland is at the top of my list if I’m not going to play in the NHL in the upcoming season.”

As Ehlers is still too young for the AHL and another year in the QMJHL would not make any sense for him, playing in Europe would be the best solution.

Ehlers is coming off a dominant Quebec League campaign — 101 points in just 51 games — but isn’t big (5-foot-11, 176 pounds) and will be in tough to crack a Jets team with good depth up front. While the forwards Michael Frolik, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty are all gone, Alex Burmistrov is back from Russia and some other youngsters, along with Ehlers, will push for just a handful of spots.

“It’s going to be tough coming back here and trying to get that spot on the team,” Ehlers told this summer, during Winnipeg’s prospects camp. “There is a lot of excitement, and I think that on the ice there are a lot of things I can improve on, and I’m going to try to do that this summer.”

It makes sense that Ehlers would target Switzerland in the event he doesn’t make the Jets. Aside from having little to prove at the junior level, he has experience playing in the Swiss National League A — during the ’12-13 campaign, he appeared in 11 games for HC Biel.