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Sign o’ the Times: UFA Shane Prince leaves NHL for Swiss team

How many Prince puns can I squeeze into this article?

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders
My name is Prince and I am funkin outta here.
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Islanders forward Shane Prince will kiss the NHL farewell after signing a contract with Swiss club Davos.

The player himself announced the move on his Twitter feed tonight without much controversy.

Prince was an unrestricted free agent this summer, and I guess no NHL teams said, “Let’s work.” Judging by his tweet, the 25-year-old is delirious about the move.

His contract with Davos is for two seasons, but for financial terms we’ll have to wait for the morning papers. Let’s assume Prince told Davos that money don’t matter 2 night.

The Islanders acquired Prince from the Ottawa Senators for a third round pick as their scandalous lone trade deadline acquisition of 2016. While not the sexy MF fans were hoping for, his underlying numbers were promising despite being given little trust by the Senators. So some of us were, like, U got the look, let’s go crazy.

But thanks to injuries and inconsistency, he could never take the place of your man. Prince finishes a soft and wet Islanders tenure with 84 games played, nine goals and 16 assists over two-plus seasons.

With a new power generation in place, the Islanders didn’t see Prince as a part of the future. It’s never easy to say goodbye, but I think for the Islanders and Shane Prince, we can all agree the time was right for a change.