Apr 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) pulls down Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy (not pictured) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Winnipeg defeated toronto 4-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Maple Leaf Paul Ranger signs in Switzerland

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger has reportedly signed a two-year contract to play hockey in Geneva, Switzerland per TSN’s Darren Dreger. Ranger had played his first NHL season in nearly five years this past year with Toronto, but it appears that he’ll take another hiatus from the NHL — this one likely his last.

Ranger tallied six goals and eight assists in 53 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

He had played a full season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies before his return last season, but the NHL was hardly friendly for the defenseman who scored 10 goals and 31 points for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007-08 as a promising 25-year old blue liner.

It appears that three years away from the league was too many for Ranger.

Paul Ranger walked away from the NHL without explanation in October 2009 and was gone for three years before returning for a full year of AHL play. Ranger has never offered an explanation for why he walked away from the game, but he has been ready and willing to play hockey since his return.

For the next two years at least, it appears he’ll have to do so overseas.

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