Veteran F Dumont has agreement in place to join Bern Staff

10/21/2011 7:58:53 PM

Veteran forward J.P. Dumont, who had his contract bought out by the Nashville Predators this past June, has an agreement in place to join Bern of the Swiss Hockey League.

However, the deal doesn't kick in until Tuesday, so he could still be signed by an NHL club between now and then.

Dumont will be no stranger to hockey fans in Bern should he end up playing there. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, the 33-year old Montreal native played three games with the Swiss club, scoring two goals and two assist.

Drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round (3rd overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Dumont spent two years in the minors before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks.

On March 10, 2000, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, along with Doug Gilmour, for Michal Grosek. He spent five seasons in Buffalo before the Sabres exercised their walk-away option on a one-year arbitration award.

Dumont signed with the Predators as an unrestricted free agent on August 29, 2006.

In 822 games in the National Hockey League, Dumont has amassed 214 goals and 309 assists.