UPDATE – Darche and Chris Campoli remain on the unemployment line. Campoli had signed with Geneva of the Swiss National League but the deal fell through because of visa issues.
Forward Mathieu Darche remains unemployed.
Darche was one of two members of last year’s Canadiens to become unrestricted free agents on July first. Defenceman Chris Campoli finally found employment in the Swiss National league when he signed a one year contract with the Geneva-Servette Eagles last week.
At the same time Darche was working out with the New Jersey Devils under a professional tryout contract. Rather than sign him to a contract when Dainius Zubrus went on injury reserve following wrist surgery, the Devils executed a trade with Winnipeg for forward Alexei Ponikarovsky. Ponikarovsky played 33 games with the Devils last season before becoming a free agent.
Darche reportedly met with general manager Lou Lamoriello and when there was no indication that Devils were prepared to make room for him, he elected to look elsewhere.
Darche, like Campoli, was very active with the NHLPA during the lockout. It’s possible, with his commerce degree in marketing and international business from McGill University that he might look in that direction if his active hockey career dries up at the age of 36.