The Washington Times - November 29, 2011, 07:05PM

When he signed a two-year deal this past summer and during training camp, there was never public doubt from Mattias Sjogren’s camp that the 23-year-old Swede would make the Washington Capitals.

“He will play in the NHL. We are convinced of that,” his agent, Ritch Winter, said in an email in July.


Sjogren did not make the Caps, and now he is returning to his native Sweden, according to Winter.

“Sjogen returns to Swe. Wash promised he would not be sent to AHL for more than a few games bfore[sic] signing. Clear now that was not accurate,” Winter wrote in a Twitter message.

A Caps spokesman said in an email he could not confirm Sjogren’s departure “at this time.”

Sjogren had two goals, three assists and a minus-6 rating in 19 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He played last season with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League.

Earlier in the evening, spokesmen for the Bears and Caps confirmed that Sjogren was not with Hershey for its road game and was contemplating going home.

In recent days, Winter has been critical of the Caps on Twitter, calling Washington a “graveyard” for good NHL contracts, among other things. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment about Sjogren.