Nearly two months after the end of the NL Championship that saw Geneva-Servette take over, all 14 participating teams are trying to strengthen themselves in light of the upcoming season.
Having bailed themselves out at the last moments after a thrilling challenge with Chaux-de-Fonds, the Jurassians weren’t marked by extreme market movements. Yannick Fischer arrives from Umbro to bolster the defence, as does Swedish expert Adam Rundqvist (32), who has been in the Swiss league for several seasons with Torgau.
Schlapek left for Prague, enriching Leventinese’s roster by securing the performance of 29-year-old Swedish striker Jakub Lilja, who returned from a season playing in Dynamo Moscow. A complete player with a good physique, he seems capable of providing a guarantee of reliability. The new face will also be the face of Canadian center Laurent Dauphine (28) who arrived from the Arizona Coyotes who split between the NHL and AHL (Tucson Roadrunners). Strikers Nando Eggenberger (already on loan) and Yannick Bruchwiller join the home market from Rapperswil. From the Tigers, Florian Douay, while from Zug, defender Dario Vetrich. Davide Vadani completes the goalkeeper’s squad, after several years spent at Lugano.
With defense Samuel Kreis, coming from Zug, the Bears completed the foreigners’ deal with Finnish defender Julius Honda (27), who returned from two seasons in which he played with Swedish Lulea HF. However, it is believed that the most interesting shot was the signing of the Czech winger Martin Frke (29), a player with one of the most powerful strikes. For him, this is the absolute debut in Europe. The third entrant is Swedish goalkeeper Adam Ridderborn (31), after several seasons spent in the KHL, between Ak Bars Kazan and CSKA Moscow. Chris DiDomenico (heading for Friborg) and Tommy Karhonen salute the capital.
With the national title disappearing by the breadth of a hair, Biel has so far gone unnoticed due to the large number of moves. Victor Loew’s injury forced the team’s management to focus on Finnish defender Phil Boca (29), who wore, last season, the Swedish Färjestad BK shirt. The Finns thus became available to the Bernese four, completing their lines with defender Yannick Boren and striker Ian Deerings from Ajoi.
Dino Weser and Thomas Wellinger have retired, Magnus Nygren has left and joined the Swedish squad for Färjestad BK. The Grigonese bet on 32-year-old Finnish defender Christian Näkyvä, coming from Sweden’s Örebro HK. The son of Art will also arrive at the court of Immonen, 25-year-old striker Alexei Peltonen (Jesper’s twin) from St. Lawrence University.
Prematurely eliminated by Lugano in the previous qualifiers, the Burgundians are looking for quick redemption, relying primarily on forwards with plenty of Eredivisie experience. From Bern, we note the wonderful return of Chris Di Domenico (53 points last season), while the Swedish Lucas Wallmark (27) arrives from Zurich. The sextet is completed by Swedish foreigner Andreas Borgmann (27), from Ferloda, a player with good physical fitness.
Two new foreigners also for the national title holders of Geneva who, after the departure of Henrik Tommernes and Lens Oumark, bet their chips on CHL winner Theodor Linstrom (28), gifted with excellent skating and a great offensive flair. He is joined by Finnish forward Sakari Manninen (31), who returned from one season in the AHL with the Henderson Silver Knights. Striker Guillaume Maillard also arrives from Lausanne. Anthony withdrew.
Two foreigners are also for the “aviators”, who fought to the end last season for a place in the playoffs. First of all, the Finnish winger Niko Ugamaki (28), the author of 41 points in Tappara Tampere, and then the Canadian center Tyler Morley (31), the protagonist of one season in the DEL with the Wolfsburg Grizzlies. From the home market, we note the arrival of Dominik Diem (ZSC Lions), Leandro Profico and Rajan Sataric (Rapperswil).
Voodoa bet on Finnish center Antti Sumela (29), who returned from a season in the SHL with the formation of IK Oskarshamn, and on Swedish-American passport defender Lawrence Pilot (27), who returned from the North American experience spent between the Buffalo Sabers and the Rochester Americans (AHL). Also noteworthy are the arrivals of goalkeeper Connor Hughes from Friborg and Swedish defender Christian Degos from Zug.
Work is underway to build the Tigers 23/24. The Finnish trio of Pesonen, Saarela and Saarijärvi is confirmed, while 29-year-old defender Juuso Riikola, fresh from his home country’s World Cup finals, completes the poker game. On the Swiss market I took Matthias Rossi (Friborg) and Julian Schmutz (Davos). Brian Zanetti’s purchase is also promising, after two years playing with the Peterborough Petes (OHL) franchise and champion Swiss U20 selection.
Outstanding cage guard Mika Koskinen, captain Mark Arcobello, Daniel Carr confirmed, after a turbulent season, and Marcus Granlund, champion of the growing championship finale, the white and black club has already ensured the performance of the young striker for some time Finnish Arto Rutsalainen (25) returning from the season he played in Klotin. Also coming from the “Pilots” is defender Jesper Peltonen (25), son of Phil and twin Aleschi, the enforcer in Davos. Of the Finnish HPK formation, the purchase of 28-year-old Canadian winger Michael Jolly was particularly noteworthy, as he showed his best in the Scandinavian country. The acquisition of Cole Cormier, a 21-year-old Canadian forward with a Swiss licence, as well as Matthew Verbon (23), have been acquired with a forward-looking perspective to reinvigorate the offensive department.
For now, little has changed in the Sangallian team, the surprise protagonist of last season. To complete the foreign package, it was decided, in fact, to turn to the domestic market with the arrival of Friborg from the Swedish Victor Rask (30), a striker who spent several seasons as champion in the NHL between Carolina, Minnesota and Seattle. Much work has been done to strengthen and rejuvenate the defensive section with the arrivals of Colin Gerber (Bern), Tim Grosnickels (Langnau) and Luca Capoul (Kloten).
Swiss-Central is very active, especially in the foreign market. Having freed himself from the Växjö Lakers, having moved on to the World Cup, Swedish defender Lukas Bengtsson (29) arrives, gifted with great skating and attacking instinct. His compatriot Andreas Wengerli will keep him, the 25-year-old young striker, last season’s champion in the ranks of Skelleftea AIK. And the German trio was completed by Mark Michaelis (29), after the excellent season he played in the ranks of the Langnau Tigers. From Lugano, on the other hand, Ilia Riva arrived with great impulse.
The Lions’ transfer market operations have come to a virtual halt and only secured the performance of young Yannick Zehnder (25), a striker who spent the first part of his career entirely in Zug.
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