Englund was not given a qualifying offer by the Senators and will become a UFA on Friday, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports. Englund already signed in Sweden on Sept. 20, but this move by the Senators indicates they're not interested in retaining the blueliner's rights. It's likely that the earliest Englund shows up in North America again will be 2021-22.
Englund signed with Vasterviks IK of the Swedish Hockey League on Sunday, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic reports. Englund played 24 games with the Senators this season, posting three assists and a minus-8 rating while averaging 10:54 per contest. He'll become a restricted free agent Oct. 9, but the 24-year-old blueliner may opt to play the 2020-21 season in his homeland of Sweden.
Englund managed three points in 24 appearances for Ottawa prior to the hiatus. Englund spent half of this time at AHL Belleville, though he didn't record any points there. He doesn't appear likely to be much of a threat for offense anytime soon.
Englund had an assist and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Kings. Englund picked up his first point in 12 games since he was recalled from AHL Belleville. The Swedish blueliner has three helpers, 58 hits and a minus-8 rating in 24 outings in a limited, third-pairing role for the Senators this year.
Englund was recalled from AHL Belleville on Tuesday. Englund's time in the NHL is likely to be more permanent with the departure of Dylan DeMelo to Winnipeg. In 12 prior appearances this year, the 23-year-old Englund recorded two assists, five shots and 28 hits while averaging 10:30 of ice time.
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