July 06, 2008

Frögren's a Leafie, Videll's an NHLer soon too?

As you may or may not know, Jonas Frögren did end up signing with Toronto. A one-way contract on 2 years, where he will be making $470k the first year and $900k the second year according to Aftonbladet. He also gets a sign-on bonus to help pay the $420k that he needs to buy out his contract with Färjestad.

Now the same newspaper is reporting that another SEL player, Linus Videll, is close to sign with the Nashville Predators. A two-way contract worth a total of about $1.3 million.

23-year-old right winger Videll was originally drafted by Colorado in 2003. Last season he had a breakout year at the SEL level with 13 goals and 13 assists in 53 games and 12 games with the national team, which is why he has started attracting interest from the NHL again.

Detroit and Nashville are two teams that have showed interest, but the lack of agreement between NHL and Europe has caused problems. With players like Frögren and Peter Regin being able to leave to the NHL, things look brighter though.

- It looks a lot more promising than it did a couple of weeks ago. I'm hopeful and really think this will get solved, says Videll.

Videll got an NHL out-clause in the contract with his SEL team Södertälje, unlike Frögren had. The contract is more similar to the one Regin, who signed with Ottawa about a month ago, had - a SEL contract with an NHL out-clause and a set transfer fee. In Regin's case, the SEL team ended up not getting any transfer money at all.

Time will tell if the solution will be like Frögren's or Regin's.

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