Nothing is decided yet. Nevertheless, there are already first signs that Michael Raffl will probably no longer play in the NHL from the coming season. Although there are offers from the best ice hockey league in the world, the Carinthian’s future will probably lie in Switzerland. A decision should be made this week. His manager Patrick Pilloni emphasized this to the “Kleine Zeitung”.
According to Pilloni, staying in the National Hockey League is not out of the question: “Two clubs are still in the running. If the finances and the term fit, then Michi would still play in the NHL.” The finances should play a role here. The Carinthian received an offer from the Edmonton Oilers. $1.2 million gross was put on the table. But Raffl refused.
The effort for an NHL season of 82 games and the travel strain would be too great. In addition, there is little time for the family. Michael Raffl’s services are also in great demand in Switzerland. Lausanne is said to have expressed great interest in the striker (33). There he would meet fellow countryman Benjamin Baumgartner. Raffl is currently preparing for the new season in the Klagenfurt ice rink. A decision is expected to be made this week.