Journeyman center Marcel Goc is headed home.
On Tuesday, German League club Adler Mannheim announced it has signed Goc for the upcoming Deutsche Eishockey Liga campaign, a move that returns the 32-year-old to his home country.
Goc, who began his professional career in the German League and represented Germany internationally on a number of occasions, appeared in 74 games last year with Pittsburgh and St. Louis, scoring nine points. He’d also spent time with Nashville, Florida and San Jose over a 10-year career that saw him appear in over 600 regular-season games, and 63 playoff contests.
Known as a solid two-way center, Goc was one of several veteran skaters that got squeezed out in free agency this summer. The $71.4 million salary cap has left many looking for work overseas, accepting professional tryouts at training camps or, in the case of another 32-year-old — journeyman winger Curtis Glencross — regretting the decision to take less money earlier in their careers.