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The Daily: Former Red Wings Abdelkader Back in Pro Hockey; Bergeron Collects 1,000th NHL Point

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Ex-Red WIngs forward Justin Abdelkader has signed to play in Switzerland.

It’s been three years since Justin Abdelkader was suiting up for the Detroit Red Wings. Yet Abdelkader keeps finding work in the world of pro hockey.

The 35-year-old left-winger, a Red Wings player for 739 games from 2008-2020, is joining EV Zug of the Swiss League. Abdelkader will be replacing the injured Carl Klingberg on the Zug roster. Abdelkader’s contract runs through December 31, with an extension option covering the remainder of the season.

Abdelkader’s EV Zug teammates will be including another former Red Wings player, defenseman Christian Djoos. Abdelkader previously suited up for EV Zug during the 2020-21 season, helping the club win the Swiss League title.

Last season, Abdelkader played three games on a pro tryout with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s top farm club. He also saw duty in six games for Lugano of the Swiss League. He scored six goals in 13 playoff games that year.

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