NHL Rumors: Ducks Forward Plans To Play Final NHL Season

After an 11-year NHL career, the last ten seasons of which were spent with the Anaheim Ducks, it appears that the 2023-24 season, his 12th in North America, will very likely be the last for Jakob Silfverberg. 

According to a report out of Sweden, the Ducks winger is anxious to return home to play in his native country, and with his contract expiring after the coming season, the summer of 2024 makes the most sense for his move back home. 

"As long as I feel that I have worked in the summers to push myself, get stronger and get better, then I will continue. That drive is there. It would be incredibly fun to do a season in Brynäs and make a real attempt here at home... that's the goal," Silfverberg told SVT Sport. Brynäs was his original team before he came to the NHL. 

The Ducks' assistant captain will wrap up his 5-year, $26M contract with a $5.25M cap hit for the coming year. 

The 32-year-old played 81 games this past season, his most in seven years, and perhaps the idea of continuing on with a young and rebuilding team is wearing on him. He registered 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists—his lowest points per game mark of his career (0.32)—while playing 15:11 minutes per game. He also put up a career-worst +/- of minus-20 on the lowly Ducks who finished with the worst record in the league.  

Overall, he has 161 goals and 354 points in 739 NHL games. 

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