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Report: Murray, Hornqvist to play for Sweden’s Djurgardens

Douglas Murray

With the Swedish Elite League saying no to locked-out NHLers, the Swedish second division continues to add star power.

That was the case on Thursday as San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist agreed to join HockeyAllsvenskan squad Djurgardens IF.

According to HockeyExpressen, the pair are still sorting out insurance issues.

Murray played for Djugarden’s junior team waaaay back in 1996-97 before jumping overseas to play in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, then spending four years at Cornell University.

Hornqvist represented Djugardens at both the junior and senior levels, including the 2006-07 season where he led the team in goals (23) as a 19-year-old.

With St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund (see here) and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar (see here) already committed to the Swedish second division, the additions of Murray and Hornqvist could make the Allsvenskan a compelling league this year.

Well, depending on your standards for “compelling.” Mine are pretty low right now.