Jonas Siegenthaler has finally made his way back to his home in Zurich, Switzerland. After finishing up the the NHL’s regular season with the New Jersey Devils, the former Capitals defenseman joined the Swiss National team for this year’s World Championship held in Riga, Latvia.
While serving his quarantine prior to the start of the World Championship, Siegenthaler held an Instagram live Q & A for Swiss media outlet SRF. He was asked about the trade from Washington and his new situation in New Jersey.
“It hurts a little not to be with a title aspirant (Washington) anymore. But the Devils are a young team and maybe a little immature. In two or three years we will be a top team that can fight for the cup.”
Siegenthaler said he wanted out of Washington, and was disappointed that it didn’t work out with the Capitals.
“I wanted to get out of Washington because I didn’t play. Of course, that’s a bit of a shame, because I had it very good with my teammates and found Washington as a city was cool,”added Siegenthaler, looking back on the trade.
Laviolette told @JunksRadio this morning that because of COVID protocol, Jonas Siegenthaler flew home with team last night. Typically traded players depart for new team right away. Gave players a chance to say goodbyes, and for closure. “He’s been a class act for us”. #ALLCAPS
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) April 12, 2021
Siegenthaler said the situation in Washington changed for him when the Capitals signed veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara.
“He took my place away from me. It was difficult for the coach to tell Chara that he wouldn’t play,” said Siegenthaler.
Siegenthaler said the transition from Washington to New Jersey went rather smoothly, thanks in part to a friend and fellow countryman on the Devils team.
“I moved in with Nico Hischier on the day of my trade from Washington to the New Jersey Devils. We already know each other from the junior national team, were on vacation together and are on the same wavelength,” said Siegenthaler. “It is not yet clear whether we will live together in the new season, after all, it is practical to have a guest room on all visits from overseas.”
By Jon Sorensen