Ducks' Silfverberg Signs Overseas Days After Announcing Upcoming Retirement

Jakob Silfverberg announced his retirement from the NHL last week, but that didn't mean he was done playing professional hockey. Just days after the announcement, he has signed a  two-year deal to return home to Sweden and play for Brynas IF in the Swedish Second-Tier.

Silfverberg is 33 years old and was drafted in the second round by the Ottawa Senators in 2009. After being a part of the organization for four years, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks as part of the Bobby Ryan deal and has been with the Ducks ever since.

The veteran is in the final year of a five-year, $5.25 million AAV deal, and due to injuries, his game has fallen off the last few seasons. Silfverberg has suited up for 80 of 81 games this season and scored seven goals and 19 points. His retirement comes after the Ducks' final game of the 2023-24 season.

He has played just under 900 regular season and playoff games combined in his NHL career, and according to Puck Empire, he will go from playing in the top hockey league in the world to the 10th best. Not a bad way to finish up a successful playing career in your home country.

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