With summer and of course the off season well underway the player moves and transactions have slowed right down. But that doesn't mean there was no movement in the league this week.
Long time Brynäs forward Johan Alcén has announced his retirement this week. Alcén finishes his career right where he started back in 2005. Over the course of his career Alcén played 11 seasons in Swedens top league, regestering 31 goals and 32 assists in 471 games played, most of them for Brynäs. He also had 209 games played in HockeyAllsvenskan with Mora and Leksand.
Alcén says that he "looks back with pride on my career where I got to both start and finish it in the club I love. Over the years, I have experienced an incredible amount, both peaks and valleys, met a lot of people and made friends for life."
With the announcement of Viktor Fasth retiring and Erik Källgren heading to Toronto, the Lakers have been left with a huge hole in their roster between the pipes. However they took a step forward this week in filling one of the open spots for goaltenders as they signed young goaltender Adam Åhman from Tingsryd in HockeyAllsvenskan.
The 21 year old has been playing in Swedens second tier league for the past 3 seasons and has shown promise as a young goaltender. As a 19 year old back in 2018/19 he posted the best GAA (1.69) and best SV% (.938) in HockeyAllsvenskan and helped Oskarshamn gain promotion to the SHL. Despite undergoing hip surgery after his breakout season, the Lakers are hoping to be the team who can help get him back to his former self. "We feel that Adam with us will be able to take steps to reach his full potential. It will be very exciting to be a part of" says General Manager Henrik Evertsson.
The Lakers added another young prospect to their roster this week as they signed Olle Lycksell, who spent last season with Färjestad. The 21 year old forward will bring depth scoring to their roster and also another opportunity for Växjö to develop young talent in their organization.
There was just a pair of other moves in what was a slow week in the SHL, both concerning Finnish players.
After spending the majority of the last two season playing with Linköping Jarno Kärki will be returning to Finland to play with his former long time team Ässät. in his 76 games in the SHL he scored 26 goals and added 17 assists.
Örebro is hoping the newly acquired Miikka Salomäki will bring offence and experience to their roster. The 28 year old has spent the last seven seasons playing in the NHL and AHL, mostly with the Predators organization.