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Veteran NHLer Kobasew signs in Switzerland


Chuck Kobasew, the 14th overall pick in 2001 with more than 600 NHL games on his resume, has jumped the pond to sign with Bern of the Swiss National A League, the club announced on Wednesday.

Kobasew, 32, spent last season in Pittsburgh and scored two goals in 33 games while averaging over 11 minutes per night. He did bounce back and forth between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton throughout the season, though, and missed a good chunk of time to a lower-body injury.

Originally drafted by Calgary, Kobasew broke into the NHL with the Flames in 2002-03 and proceeded to score 20 goals in three of his first seven seasons. His best year came in Boston during ’08-09, when he scored a career-high 42 points and scored six more in 11 playoff games.

Kobasew also spent time with the Minnesota and Colorado organizations before joining Pittsburgh last year. With Bern, he’ll be playing alongside former Flames teammate Byron Ritchie.