The former NHLer is said to have bested some alcohol problems that have chased him the last couple of years and was given an invite to Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, but was unable to turn that tryout into a contract.
Setoguchi is a veteran of 471 NHL games split between the Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames. His game has taken a dip after leaving the Sharks, unable to rekindle the magic of his sophomore season in 2008-09, when he scored 31 goals and 65 points. He also played a big game in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs where he scored nine points in 15 games and 10 points in 18 games, respectively.
Part of the reason Setoguchi is considering Davos, where there is not yet a contract in place, according to the report, is that former teammate Joe Thornton played two seasons with Davos during the last two NHL lockouts.
If Setoguchi winds up signing a deal and getting there in a hurry, he could find himself not only playing in the NLA, but participating in the CHL tournament, which resumes its round of 32 on Tuesday with HC Davos taking on IFK Helsinki. Davos lost their first match against Helsinki 2-1 in Helsinki.
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