Colin Fraser is headed overseas to play professionally in Germany with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers.
PHT has learned it’s a one-year, €88,000 deal (roughly $98,961 USD).
His one-year, $650,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues was set to expire next month making him an unrestricted free agent.
Fraser spent the 2014-15 season with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League scoring nine goals and 17 points in 59 games. He also earned a one-game call up with St. Louis registering a minus-1 rating and 4:42 of ice time in the Blues’ 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
“I feel like my NHL career has seen better days,” Fraser told PHT. “I almost went overseas last year, but decided to try to get back to the NHL via the AHL like when I was young.
“Now being 30, and having small children, I felt like it was the time to go and experience not only European hockey, but the culture and lifestyle too. Hopefully it all works out and I can extend my career a few years longer.”
Fraser has appeared in 359 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers and L.A. Kings scoring 20 goals and 58 points to go along with 290 penalty minutes.
He was member of the Blackhawks when Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010, and was a part of the Kings for their Cup wins in 2012 and 2014.
Despite signing in Europe, Fraser has not given up the NHL dream.
“I believe with my resume I could land a good AHL job, but as far as NHL, there is always that hope. After playing only one game last year I decided that now was the time to go to Europe.”