It appears that a veteran of over 650 games in the National Hockey League has decided to end his NHL career on his own terms.
According to an announcement from hockey club Geneve Servette out of Switzerland, the organization has come to terms on a brand new deal with the NHL veteran for the 2019 - 2020 season. This means that Fehr is now effectively leaving the National Hockey League, in spite of the fact that was coming off the heels of a fairly solid season as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Sure Fehr's offensive numbers don't look great on paper, he recorded just 7 goals and 8 assists for a total of 15 points on the season, but it is important to factor in the role he played for the Wild into those numbers. Fehr was used on one of the Western Conference's best penalty killing units last season, and in spite of routinely being deployed at a man disadvantage he still finished the season with a plus minus rating of just -8. Those 15 points were also the best offensive numbers of his career since his time as a member of the Washington Capitals, a time that dates back all the way to the 2014 - 2015 season, and he did so with just 11 minutes per night of ice time on average.
Now certainly it is fair to say that the 33 year old center is in the twighlight of his career but it is somewhat surprising that he was unable to find a new NHL contract this season. Given his role as a special teams specialist he would serve as an excellent depth addition to an NHL roster, but it seems teams around the league felt differently. Although perhaps this was a decision of Fehr's own making and not one motivated by a lack of NHL offers. In his comments following the announcement Fehr made it clear that he had always had a desire to play in this part of the world.
"My family and I are very happy to begin this next chapter in my career as a hockey player," said Fehr. "I have always wanted to play in Switzerland and I feel lucky to have this opportunity in a city as extraordinary as Geneve. I can't wait to meet the fans, my new teammates, and get to work."
We wish him all the best moving forward.