After going back, back to Cali Cali in November, locked out Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi is eventually getting one more chance.
Setoguchi was suspended today by the Ontatio Reign for an unknown reason. This was first reported by John Hoven and confirmed by the ECHL website. He was playing for the California-based ECHL team to keep in shape during the Lockout and scored 13 points in 10 games for the Reign.
This isn't the first time Devin has been disciplined. Just last season, the winger was scratched for a game against San Jose (who Setoguchi played for from 2007 to until he was traded for by Minnesota at the 2011 NHL Draft) for "disciplinary reasons" after missing a meeting. However, this time it doesn't appear to be a performance-based suspension or anything that Setoguchi did playing for Ontario. In fact it was his choice.
While the team did not offer a reason at the time why he was suspended, Setoguchi told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he did not want to play during the holidays. Suspending him was the only way for the Reign to keep his rights in case the NHL, which currently has cancelled games through December 29, continued to be embroiled in its labor dispute with the players association.
"It's not like I got suspended for doing something," Setoguchi told Russo. "[The coach] wants to keep me on the roster, but this way no one else can pick me up."
UPDATE: There is more information on the Ontario side of things. Essentially Setoguchi is suspended until February 1st and would likely only return if the NHL is wiped out. From J.P. Hoornstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
In addition to the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, Christie said that Setoguchi was going to San Jose for a personal reason unrelated to hockey. By suspending Setoguchi rather than releasing him, the Reign can add a player to their roster without losing his ECHL rights.
Christie left the door open for Setoguchi to return.
"We talked about maybe down the road, if nothing happens, in playoffs," the coach said.
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