Jonas Holøs to return to Europe - Updated

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 22: Jonas Holos #6 of the Colorado Avalanche and Michal Handzus #26 of the Los Angeles Kings battle for control of the puck during preseason NHL action at the Pepsi Center on September 22 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Holøs has been officially reassigned to the Swedish Elite League. He will be playing for Växjö Lakers.

Norwegian defenseman Jonas Holøs has requested that the Avalanche release him from his contract in order to return to Europe to play. Despite what appeared to be strong performances last season and in training camp, Holøs was cut from the 2011-2012 team and sent to Lake Erie to play for the Avalanche affiliate Monsters. However, he was a healthy scratch for each of the Monsters games so far this season.

The Avalanche will have to agree to release Holøs, but there's little reason for them not to. He joins the ranks of Jaroslav Hlinka and Per Ledin as other European hockey players to leave the NHL after failing to see NHL ice time with the Avalanche.

Farewell, Jonas. Many of us will miss  you very much.

Stick tap to niwotsblessing for breaking the story on MHH.

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