you chose not to play there, thats something else. doubt that is the case though.
There's retirement paperwork that is submitted that basically states that you forefit all compensation owed to you under any agreement that you may have signed. It also states that if you petition for re-instatement within a years time from the date the retirement papers were officially filed, you have to return to your former team.
After a years time if you then petition to come back I believe you can come back to any team.
Just because you retire from the NHL doesn't mean you can't play overseas.
Stefan was a free agent so he does not owe any team anything. he went over to europe to play. any nhl teams if in need could offer stefan a contract and bring him back at any point. stefan has talent. he was just drafted by the wrong team. last year was an injury filled year for him and he never fit in with dallas.
I really thought he was going to sign with a team like Buffalo or something, and be their second line center setting up Vanek and Hecht and such, putting up 10 goals 45 assists, kinda like a mini-Backstrom. boy was I wrong