Ex-Jets forward Slater signs in Swiss league

After failing to catch on with a team in free agency, Jim Slater is headed overseas.

On Tuesday, news broke that Slater signed with Geneve-Servette of Switzerland’s National League A, per multiple sources. The move comes after the 30-year-old spent the entire summer trying to secure a gig, on the heels of a 10-year career spent entirely with the Jets/Thrashers organization.

A first-round pick (30th overall) in 2002, Slater broke in with Atlanta and moved with the team to Winnipeg in 2011. A checking forward with some grit, he was a constant presence in the Jets lineup last year — Slater appeared in all 82 regular-season and four playoff games, one of just three Winnipeg skaters to accomplish the feat.

In Geneva, Slater will be skating alongside fellow ex-NHLers Matthew Lombardi, Tom Pyatt, Matt D’Agostini and Cody Almond.

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