Andreas Martinsen came to Chicago Blackhawks in 2017, but has not received the play time he had hoped for.
So the 28-year-old has played a lot of the seasons in the Chicago farmers team, the AHL club Rockford Icehogs.
Now the year-long contract will not be extended, and the Norwegian on a club hunt from 1 July.
"The way we look now, I think I won't stay in Chicago, but I wait until July 1 and see if there are any other possibilities," says Martinsen to TV t 2.
– So you're being made in Chicago?
– Yes, I have that feeling. I enjoyed it well, but the signals I have now received are that there will be a little more AHL role, and not a great chance of playing in the NHL. That is what I want, or at least have opportunities
i, we emphasize.
Martinsen, Norway's only Norwegian in NHL outside Zuccarello Mats, has played 38 games for Rockford Icehogs this season.
Experience that we build on, but not where it will stay.
– I haven't taken a step back feeling, but I've been a little more in AHL than I had hoped for this season. At the same time, I really felt it was positive when I was sent down, because I was playing a little self-confidence. So now I'm ready to play the World Cup and get a good tournament here. Then I'm ready to start somewhere with empty sheets next season, we emphasize.
The 28-year-old is not ready to give the best to NHL's career.
– I have a relatively cheap player, so we hope that someone who wants me. I am not allowed to speak to any other team before July 1st, but I feel that I have the opportunity to become a NHL. I know I can continue
play in the NHL, so I have to get to the right club. As long as I get to a team where I can fight for a place on the A team, that's all I need. Because I know what is needed, he said.
Overall, Martinsen has 152 NHL games on the CV. Nearly two full terms in Colorado Avalanche (2015-2017), before a short tour in the Montreal Canadiens in 2017.
In the last two seasons, he, Camilla and his two daughters, have lived in Chicago.