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SBD Global/November 2, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Swiss National League A Continues To Sign NHL Talent As League Remains Locked Out

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The clubs of the Swiss National League A "have signed a total of 19 NHL players that collectively earned more than $60M annually in the NHL," according to SÜDOSTSCHWEIZ.ch. Nine of the 12 NLA clubs "have at least one NHL player on their roster." The 19 NHL players in the league have had a combined annual salary of $60.1M in the NHL. The seven defenders and 12 forwards come from 13 different NHL teams. One Swedish, one American, six Swiss and 11 Canadian players "have found a new home in Switzerland during the NHL's lockout" (SÜDOSTSCHWEIZ.ch, 11/1).

NHL Players in the Swiss National League A
Player NLA Club NHL Club
Native
Country
Annual
NHL Salary
Mark Streit
SC Bern
New York Islanders
Switzerland $4.1M
Roman Josi
SC Bern
Nashville Predators
Switzerland $875,000
John Tavares
SC Bern
New York Islanders
Canada $4M
Tyler Seguin
EHC Biel
Boston Bruins Canada $900,000
Patrick Kane
EHC Biel
Chicago Blackhawks
U.S. $6.3M
Rick Nash
HC Davos
New York Rangers
Canada $7.6M
Joe Thornton
HC Davos
San Jose Sharks
Canada $7M
Brooks Laich
Kloten Flyers
Washington Capitals Canada $4M
Jason Spezza
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Ottawa Senators Canada $8M
Michael Del Zotto
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
New York Rangers
Canada Restricted Free Agent
Luca Sbisa
HC Lugano
Anaheim Ducks
Switzerland $2M
Patrice Bergeron
HC Lugano
Boston Bruins
Canada $4.55M
Tyler Ennis
SCL Tigers
Buffalo Sabres
Canada $2.56M
Jared Spurgeon
SCL Tigers Minnesota Wild
Canada $535,000
Yannik Weber
Genf-Servette HC Montreal Canadiens
Switzerland $900,000
Logan Couture
Genf-Servette HC San Jose Sharks
Canada Restricted Free Agent
Rafael Diaz
EV Zug
Montreal Canadiens
Switzerland
$1.225M
Damien Brunner EV Zug
Detroit Red Wings Switzerland
$925,000
Henrik Zetterberg EV Zug Detroit Red Wings
Sweden $7.75M
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