Setoguchi Going Back Back To Cali Cali
Posted by Nathan Wells on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Lockout claims another Minnesota player only this time it isn't Europe, but the Inland Empire of California.
According to TSN and confirmed on his Twitter, Minnesota forward Devin Setoguchi signed with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL and will suit for them Friday. While the Reign are not affiliated with a NHL team, they have hosted other players in the past for teams who don't have an ECHL affiliate. One such example was Minnesota last year with 2009 sixth-round pick Darcy Kuemper.
(Another familiar name on the Reign might be former University of North Dakota captain Mario Lamoureux.)
The 25 year-old returns to California, the state where he played for four seasons with San Jose before being traded to Minnesota for Brent Burns and a second round pick last June. He scored 19 goals in 67 games during his first season with the Wild; one which was preceded by getting hit by a car.
Setoguchi follows in the footsteps of Wild players Jared Spurgeon (who is playing in Switzerland) and Mikko Koivu (playing on the Turku TPS team he partially owns) as players who have signed contracts during the Lockout.