Suspended Blue Jackets forward Gregory Hofmann agrees to terms with Swiss team

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Dec 11, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Gregory Hofmann (15) and Seattle Kraken center Mason Appleton (22) fight for the puck during the third period at Climate Pledge Arena. Columbus defeated Seattle in overtime 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Gregory Hofmann is reportedly poised to sign a one-year deal with Swiss team EV Zug once he is granted his release by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus suspended Hofmann on Monday after he decided to remain in Switzerland with his wife and newborn baby girl. He was given an excused leave of absence but decided against returning, not wanting to be apart from his family.

The Blue Jackets are expected to release Hofmann this week.

“Gregory was given permission by the club to step away for personal reasons and informed us today that because of those reasons he has decided not to return,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. “Obviously, we are disappointed, but we have no other recourse than to suspend him.”

Hofmann is expected to begin training with Zug this week, Swiss publication Zentralplus reported Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Hofmann has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 24 games this season. He last appeared for the Blue Jackets on Dec. 14.

–Field Level Media