Belfour signs with Swedish club
Ed Belfour's time in the NHL appears to be done, but that doesn't mean his hockey career is over. The veteran goalie signed with Swedish club Leksands IF on Monday after spending the previous 17 seasons in the NHL.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Belfour drew little interest from other NHL clubs, but he wanted to continue his hockey career, leading to his signing with Leksands.
The deal was announced onthe team'sofficial website, but financial details and the length of the contract were not disclosed.
Belfour, 42,is cleared to play for the Swedish team on Oct. 12.
Leksands currently competes in the second-highest league in Sweden, the Allsvenskan, but the club said it hopes the addition of Belfour will help it get back into the Swedish Elite League, the topone in the country.
Belfour, a native of Carman, Man., posted a 27-17-10 record with a 2.77 goals-against average for the Florida Panthers last season.
A two-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, Belfour ranks third on the NHL's all-time wins list with 484 victories, behind Martin Brodeur (494) and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy (551).
Belfour boasted a 2.50 GAA and 76 shutouts in 963 NHL games with Florida, the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs.
He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.