Vancouver Canucks prospect Alexandre Grenier has terminated his contract with the EC Salzburg Red Bulls and will return to North America to join the American Hockey League.
Both sides mutually agreed to terminate and he was taken off the active roster on December 15, 2012. Grenier is expected to sign with the Canucks and join the Chicago Wolves for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
The news was published on the Red Bulls website on December 31:
EC Red Bull Salzburg and Alexandre Grenier have canceled the contract by mutual agreement. The 21-year-old Canadian has for the Red Bulls in 25 league games scored five goals and eight assists and played eight times in the European Trophy. Since the 15th December 2012, the striker was no longer included in the squad of Salzburg, he now wants to take an exposure to the AHL. The Red Bulls thank him for his dedication and wünschem him well in his future sporting all the best.
The 6’5″, 200-pound forward was the Canucks’ the third round pick, 90th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. With his junior eligibility up this season, the Canucks offered Grenier a contract to turn professional in North America. He turned down the contract and chose to sign in Europe. The decision was supported by the Canucks since he would have likely at least started the season in the ECHL.
“He had an opportunity to go to Europe and play against men and to play for a really good hockey man in Pierre Page,” Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman told the Province last May. “We supported that wholeheartedly and we’ll continue to track him there.
“He’s a late-bloomer, an intriguing prospect, that’s why we drafted him in the third round. If things go well this year, we would look at signing him next year.”
By tendering him an offer last May, the Canucks retained the rights to Grenier.