Catchy music. Thanks for the highlights. Did the Swiss league only take NHL forwards? Sure looks like they need some Alzner D.
No, the Swiss league also took some defense-man. Mark Streit, Roman Josi, Yannick Weber, Raphael Diaz, Luca Sbisa and Jared Spurgeon are also playing in the Swiss league. But yeah, some teams could definitively benefit from some Alzner D
Originally Posted by Liberation
NLA goal tending sucks, don't expect to hear it on HF Boards, because all the good Canadian boys going NLA therefore KHL goal tending sucks.
NLA goalie situation has nothing to witch the good Canadian boys going in Switzerland, rather than in the KHL, or the love of HF Boards for the Canadian boys among the KHL The goalie situation in the NLA is related to the limitation of the foreign players on the ice. Only 4 foreign players are allowed on the ice (8 license for foreign players pro year for each team per season), so all team chose to go with swiss-goaltenders. And for a small country like Switzerland, it's clear that you can't find 12 goalies as good as Hiller. Even if the highlights don't really show it, there are still some good young goaltender in Switzerland, like Conz or Berra, who played great at the world junior level with Switzerland. The swiss league also produced some good goalie, like Martin Gerber, David Aebischer, Christobal Huet ( french guys, but developed in the Swiss league in Lugano), or Jonnas Hiller ! So, it think it's a combination of the foreign players limitation, the fact that the teams have only swiss-goaltenders, and terrible d sometimes that make the goalie situation in the NLA what it is.
PS: according to swiss-newspaper and the GM of Hc Bienne, Bäckström turned down their offer, so he will not play in Switzerland. They are also saying that Bäckström received a 3mio $ offer from the KHL.