Gelinas signs with Swiss team

Veteran NHL forward Martin Gelinas is returning to Switzerland after beating a midnight transfer deadline on Monday to strike a deal with Swiss club Bern.

Veteran NHLer Martin Gelinas is heading back to Switzerland to play for Swiss club Bern.

The 38-year-old forward from Shawinigan, Que., beat a midnight transfer deadline on Monday to be eligible for Bern's European Champions Hockey League game against Swedish club HV71 Jonkoping on Nov 12.

Gelinas played for Swiss clubs Lugano and Morges during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. He scored 38 goals in 41 games for Morges.

Gelinas's last NHL action came with Nashville in 2007-08, when he recorded 20 points (nine goals) in 57 games.

Drafted seventh overall by Los Angeles in 1988, Gelinas was sent to Edmonton as part of the famous trade that brought Wayne Gretzky to the Kings. Gelinas went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1990.

Gelinas has also played for Quebec, Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary and Florida. He has 309 goals in 1,273 career NHL games.

With files from the Canadian Press