Sean Bergenheim’s return to the NHL will not happen with the Anaheim Ducks as the team released the veteran left wing from his professional tryout contract on Thursday.
After nine seasons in the league, Bergenheim signed a one-year contract with SC Bern of the National League A in Switzerland on October 7, 2015. He won the Swiss championship with Bern but missed the latter part of the season, as well as the playoffs, due to a concussion after recording five goals and eight assists in 21 contests.
Bergenheim did little during the preseason to impress the Ducks, who signed him to the tryout deal on September 20. He failed to notch a point in three games, registering only five shots one goal while posting a minus-3 rating.
The 32-year-old last appeared in the NHL in 2014-15, when he recorded one goal in 17 games with the Minnesota Wild after being acquired from the Florida Panthers, for whom he posted eight tallies and 10 assists in 39 contests. He appeared in three playoff games with the Wild but did not register a point.
Selected by the New York Islanders with the 22nd overall pick in the 2002 draft, Bergenheim made his NHL debut in 2003-04, scoring one goal and adding an assist in 18 games. He began a run of double-digit goal totals in 2007-08 with 10 but saw the streak end at six seasons in 2014-15.
Bergenheim scored a career-high 17 goals with Florida in 2011-12 and has registered a personal best of 29 points on two occasions, most recently in 2013-14 with the Panthers. He did, however, post a career-worst minus-16 rating that season.
A native of Helsinki, Finland, Bergenheim has recorded 96 goals and 84 assists in 506 career games with the Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Panthers and Wild. The 5-foot-11, 201-pounder also has collected 12 tallies and 17 points in 26 postseason contests with Tampa Bay, Florida and Minnesota.