Former Red Wings goalkeeper Heilberg is excited to join Kraken

Magnus Hellberg is determined that he will play in the NHL next season. It didn’t work out for him with the Detroit Red Wings, so his next stop will be with the Seattle Kraken.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper, who played one game for the Red Wings last season, will sign with Kraken as a free agent. Hellberg signed a one-year deal to the NHL for a minimum of $750,000.

“It’s incredibly fun and inspiring,” Helberg told about his goal to make it the NHL League. “It’s something I’ve had as a target over the past season, that next season I’m going to make another investment and break into the NHL.

“So, of course, I’m very excited that that will be the case now.”

In his lengthy appearance with the Red Wings, Helberg beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on the road at the end of the season for both clubs. It was his first National Hockey League appearance since April 9, 2017, when Helberg was with the New York Rangers.

At a point in his career when it might be easier for him to settle into a role with Europe’s biggest club, Sweden international Helberg is determined to make his mark in the NHL.

“I am now 31 and I feel like my best years are ahead of me,” Helberg said. “I think I’ve made great strides as a goalkeeper in recent years, both physically and mentally.”

Familiar Seattle to Heilberg

One of the advantages Helberg has about going to Seattle is that the area is quite familiar to him.

“I already have relatives who have lived there for a long time,” Magnus Helberg explained. “So I know it’s an incredibly beautiful city, and there’s really beautiful nature there too. Because I’m interested in fishing, I have a pretty good idea of ​​where there’s good fishing in the world.”

“It’s going to be so much fun. It’s a new team with an unbelievably great circuit and supporters. I’m really excited to get there and show what I can do. I’m so happy I’ll be in Seattle and that I’ll get another chance to show myself.”

Training with Peterson

In preparation for his next journey in breaking the NHL roster, Helberg is currently training with a group that includes Vancouver Canucks star Elias Peterson.

“Ilias . . . is a world-class player, incredibly talented, so of course it is fun to train with him,” Helberg said. “And she notes that when you bring together a group of people who are all very competitive in the same gym, you raise each other’s level all the time.

“You can also train with good shooters who know how to score goals. It doesn’t hurt either.”

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