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Bruce McCurdy • Edmonton Journal
Edmonton Oilers Joakim Nygard celebrates his goal with team mates Gaetan Haas (right) and Ethan Bear (front) during third period NHL game action against the Los Angeles Kings in Edmonton on Saturday October 5, 2019. (PHOTO BY LARRY WONG/POSTMEDIA) Article content
Two years ago, incoming Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland identified lack of team speed as an issue and made a pair of small, smart bets on a pair of swift-skating Europeans in their later 20s. A year later, he had seen enough promise to extend both men for a further season.
But now, there is nothing left to show of the experiment in Edmonton. First Joakim Nygard, now Gaetan Haas have signed long-term pacts in their respective domestic leagues, in each case ending an NHL dream that showed hints of promise but never really took hold in either case.
Let’s start with Haas, who has today signed a five-year deal with EHC Biel-Bienne, his original club in the Swiss National League.
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Haas came up through the Biel-Bienne development program and spent eight seasons with the men’s club before taking his talents to Bern in 2017. After two fine years there he made the jump to the NHL, which is where most of us in Oil Country…