This is probably the best route for him right now. While showing some signs of progress at times, he never was consistant enough to think about keeping him with the big club permenantly. I can't see other teams giving him many chances either, so I hope he does well overseas and his career goes upward.
Why was he in the AHL last year? Was he a free agent signing that didn't work out?
He is a prospect for the Panthers that has been playing over in the KHL. He was selected in the 2005 draft, 6th round, 164th overall. I think it was due to the team wanting to see how he would do in the American style of play. Let's be honest, he did a great job fitting in and learning the game. He had the biggest play in Rampage history, that involved playoff hockey.
I thought he had the talent to make it in the NHL but he never managed to show it during his chances. It was pretty likely with all the extra talent we drafted recently that he would move on as he was going to get moved down the order for NHL call-ups and therefore get stuck in the AHL not making much money. Hope he does well over in the KHL.