Veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja
has resurfaced in the NHL, signing a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks
less than a week after the San Jose Sharks
released him from a tryout contract.
Lilja, who has played nine seasons in the League for Los Angeles, Florida and Detroit, missed most of last season with a concussion. He had 1 goal and 2 points in 20 games for the Red Wings and also played in 11 playoff games, going scoreless.
For his career, Lilja has totaled 15 goals, 74 points and 501 penalty minutes with a plus-39 rating in 478 games. He has 1 goal, 3 points and 52 penalty minutes in 53 postseason games and won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.
Lilja traveled to Stockholm with the Sharks in preparation for their 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere series against Columbus, but was released on Oct. 5. He was in a tough situation with his visa about to expire and a family in Detroit that might have had to leave the country if he couldn't find a job with another NHL team.
"It's just sad because he's here in Stockholm and we have to turn him back to go and pack up," Sharks defenseman Niclas Wallin
said at the time. "His options were running out on his status in the country. He only has three more days on his visa or he has to move his family out of the country. The kids are 7 and 4 years old and in school. But it's just business. It's how it is. It's not the first time it's happened and it's not the last."