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Report: Switzerland most likely destination for Crosby


If Sidney Crosby gives up on the NHL and heads overseas to play hockey, sources tell the Ottawa Sun it will likely be in Switzerland, not Russia.

Why not the KHL? Apparently because of the risk he’ll be “targeted,” as well as the arduous travel demands.

Would Crosby actually be a skating bullseye if he were to sign in the KHL? That’s highly questionable. But to quote Remo from Casino before the bosses decided to clip Andy Stone, why take a chance?

(Casino was on TV last night.)

The Swiss league is already home to Canadian and American NHL stars like Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown, and John Tavares.


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Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.