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Henrik Zetterberg signs with Swiss club

The Red Wings center and native of Sweden will join the Swiss team EV Zug.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg has decided to join a host of NHL players who have gone to play in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Swiss club EV Zug announced on Monday that Zetterberg has signed with the team, though it's unknown if he'll be in action when Zug takes on HC Davos on Tuesday.

Zetterberg will be teammates with new Red Wing Damien Brunner and Raphael Diaz of the Montreal Canadiens. Other players biding their time in Switzerland's National League A include Rick Nash, Joe Thornton and Patrice Bergeron.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press believes that Zetterberg's decision to play in Switzerland indicates that the lockout is likely to continue for a while, as Zetterberg was very active in the NHLPA's discussions.

In 82 games for Detroit last season, Zetterberg tallied 69 points on 22 goals and 47 assists. It was the lowest point total for the 32-year-old since the 2006-2007 season in which he only appeared in 63 games.