It appears the Swiss National League will soon benefit from the NHL lockout.
According to various sources, New York Islanders captain Mark Streit and San Jose’s leading goalscorer, Logan Couture, have both agreed to join Swiss league teams.
Streit will join SC Bern, his hometown club (Streit was born in Bern, the fourth largest city in Switzerland.)
It’s an interesting decision given the 34-year-old rearguard has suited up for a number of Swiss league teams, but never with Bern (at the pro level) — he’s played for Fribourg-Gotteron, Davos, Ambri-Piotta and ZSC Zurich, the latter occurring during the 2004-05 lockout.
Streit has one season remaining on the five-year, $20.5 million deal he signed with the Isles in 2008. In 2011-12, he became the first Swiss-born captain in NHL history.
As for Couture, David Pollak of the Mercury News confirmed reports that a deal is close to being finalized with Geneve-Servette HC.
Based out of Geneva, the Servette team has a number of familiar NHL names on it: Brian Pothier, Rico Fata, Dan Fritsche and Cody Almond, to name a few.
Couture is the second Sharks player to ink a deal overseas. According to Juha Hiitela of Finnish news outlet Ilta-Sanomat, defenseman Jason Demers has agreed to play for SM-liiga outfit Karpat.
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”