Report: Munroe heading to Sweden 6/17
The goaltender formally parted ways with the team on Monday, according to a Swedish report.
Munroe signed a contract to play for the Swedish Elite League’s Vaxjo Lakers, according to an article published in the Aftonbladet newspaper. The contract’s terms were not available Monday, but Aftonbladet reported he appears to be a frontrunner for the team’s starting job because his predecessor, former National Hockey League goalie Fredrik Norrena, returned home to play in his native Finland.
Munroe did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The 31-year-old has played all but one of his seven professional seasons in the American Hockey League.
He spent 2010-11 with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League before signing AHL deals with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2011-12 and Adirondack last year.
He went 12-16 for the Phantoms, recording a 2.76 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. But he appeared in just 11 of Adirondack’s final 45 games and was often a healthy scratch after the Philadelphia Flyers acquired NHL journeyman Brian Boucher in a January trade. With three goalies on the roster, Munroe underwent season-ending knee surgery in April to repair cartilage. It was not expected to impact his off-season training.
Munroe leaves the Phantoms ranked second in franchise history in goalie saves (4,510), games (165) and wins (76), though most of them came during his three-plus years with the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Munroe has not had a NHL contract since the end of the 2009-10 season.
His departure appears to solidify the Phantoms’ goaltending tandem for the upcoming campaign.
They have Chubak, a Niagara University product who was one of ten finalists for the 2012-13 Hobey Baker Award, signed to an AHL contract. Cal Heeter will be in the second season of his entry-level NHL deal.
Boucher, 36, will become an unrestricted free agent July 5.
Munroe isn't the only Phantoms player headed to Sweden.
In April, defenseman Andreas Lilja signed a two-year contract to play for Rogle BK.