Jonathan Dahlen has found a home in Sweden for the foreseeable future, as he has signed a one year contract with Timra in the Allsvenskan
— Timrå IK (@timra_ik) October 10, 2017
The deal includes an out to head to the SHL or back to North America after January 31st, 2018.
The Canucks had announced last week that Dahlen would be pursuing options in Sweden and ultimately it appears that he couldn’t find an SHL team that could make room for him. Vaxjo, Brynas, and Linkoping had been rumoured destinations.
Dahlen had come down with mono over the summer that forced him to miss Young Stars and training camp. He had appeared in the two pre-season games for the Utica Comets but saw limited ice time. Given the recovery time that mono usually requires, it isn’t surprising that Dahlen wasn’t able to play a lot.
Moving to Sweden, for at least the fall, allows Dahlen to play a lot of minutes for Timra. That is something that may not have been available in the AHL to start the year.
Dahlen had 25 goals and 19 assists in 45 games for Timra IK last year and was named the junior player of the year for Allsvenskan.
Ideally – Dahlen will go to Timra, play a lot of minutes over the next couple of months and then make the move up to the SHL or head back to the AHL. Injuries happen and opportunities may open up to allow Dahlen to move to another team. But this move allows Dahlen to play a lot of minutes in the near term.
Benning confirms agreement today for Dahlen to play for Timra of Allsvenskan for a month, then move to Swedish Elite League. #Canucks
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) October 10, 2017
According to Ben Kuzma, Dahlen will just play for Timra for the month.