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Osala Out

Oskar Osala has discarded his Charlotte Checkers sweater for another. This afternoon #32 tweeted:


“This time for real. I will be playing for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk next season. I want to thank @washcaps@thehersheybears@NHL_canes @checkershockey and all my team mates for 3 fun & learning yrs. Im excited to move on but hope to be back one day. #newchapter”


The Vaasa, Finland native earned 42 points in 59 games for the Chaeckers this season. He also had 3 goals and 2 assists in a few key playoff contests. No doubt Osala will be sorely missed.

His new organization with the KHL, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, was founded in 1968. So The Finn will trade his red, black and white for blue, white and ice. You look better in red Oskar. 

Some individuals have already expressed their disapproval of the forward’s decision. Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer quickly tweeted after Osala:
“So Oskar Osala is bolting, after all. He may regret that decision.”
Whether it was the right move or not for his career, Caniacs and Checkerans wish him all the success. Thank you for a terrific season Oskar!

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