OSLO, Norway – Philadelphia Flyers winger Patrick Thoresen has decided to reject a final contract offer and temporarily return to European hockey.
“I wanted a so-called one-way contract, which is to say the same salary regardless of whether I played in the NHL or a farm team,” the 24-year-old Norwegian told the state radio network NRK on Tuesday. “That makes things more predictable for me and my family.”
In February, the Flyers claimed Thoresen on waivers from the Edmonton Oilers, which he joined in 2006. He said because that club change was so recent, he can’t immediately negotiate contracts with other NHL teams.
“That made matters difficult and is also the main reason I’ve decided to spend a year in Europe,” said Thoresen, who turned professional in 2003. “After that, I’m a free agent.”
He made clear that he wants to return to the NHL.
Thoresen said he had offers from a variety of European clubs, and would probably either play in Switzerland or Sweden, where he played for one of the Nordic country’s most successful clubs, Djurgarden, from 2003 until he joined the Oilers.