Former Vancouver Canucks left winger Jeff Tambellini has resurfaced in Vancouver and it looks like he is trying to catch on with a National Hockey League team.
Never know who you’ll see at UBC practice. Jeff Tambellini in old #Canucks gear here too. Left Swiss team. Looking for place to play
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) January 24, 2013
Tambellini was a member of the 2011 team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Most notably in Game 7, he skated on the second line with Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler replacing the injured Mason Raymond.
However, he did not re-sign with the Canucks despite a strong season as a utility player. Tambellini, in a surprising move, signed a three-year contract with the ZSC Lions of National League A in Switzerland.
“It’s great stability and it’s a chance to play a different role over there,” Tambellini said at the time. “It’s on the big ice and playing a lot of minutes. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity.”
The Lions and Tambellini mutually agreed to terminate their contract back on December 28 after one-and-a-half seasons. The termination was at the request of Tambellini, who cited personal reasons.
It appears Tambellini is back hoping to get back into the NHL. The Canucks may be interested in giving him a tryout in the American Hockey League given the team has shown they like to help out former players.
The Canucks have used up 47 out of the 50-contract limit, so they are in a position to sign Tambellini or add extra players at the trade deadline.