Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Salcido finds a home in Finland

Mladá Boleslav's Duncan Milroy (left) and Sparta's Brian
Salcido battle for a loose puck in an October 26 game. Both
players have since left the Tipsport Extraliga and now play
elsewhere in Europe. Photo courtesy ČTK.
Just days after leaving HC Sparta Praha, Brian Salcido of Hermosa Beach, CA has found a new team. On Monday, the 25-year-old defenceman signed to play the rest of the season for SaiPa Lappeenranta of the Finnish SM-liiga.

SaiPa is the same team that BK Mladá Boleslav's Scott Barney started the season with, before an arrest for impaired driving led to his release from the team.

In Lappeenranta, Salcido will hope to regain his offensive touch from the back end that he became known for in the AHL. He recorded only 3 points in 23 games with Sparta this season, which was part of a general problem for the team that is second from the bottom of the league in goals scored.

Since his release, Sparta has lost two more games to run its losing streak to six. They play in Karlovy Vary on Tuesday night.

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