After nine years, Michael Raffl has said goodbye to the National Hockey League, the best ice hockey league in the world. Instead, he signed up in Switzerland with HC Lausanne. In an interview with the “Krone”, the Carinthian confirms that he has settled in very well in Switzerland so far. “It’s been really cool so far. I felt good and had great preparation. And now this.”
The ÖEHV crack means his injury, which he suffered in the first game. A Biel player stepped on his foot. Raffl was also on the ice in the second game (4:3 win after a penalty shootout against Davos. However, more than ten minutes of ice time was not possible. Due to the great pain he was unable to play against EHC Kloten on Tuesday (2:1 after a penalty shootout) only take on the role of spectator. Nothing is broken, but “it may be that I have to pause longer than ever injured,” says the Swiss legionnaire.Now he is threatened with a long downtime.
While Raffl is struggling with an injury in Switzerland, Marco Rossi is trying his luck in the NHL. The Vorarlberger wants to fight for a regular place at the Minnesota Wild training camp, which includes 58 players. According to the “Vorarlberger Nachrichten”, however, Rossi has tough competition – 31 forwards also want to make it into the line-up for the upcoming NHL season.
After the first few days, trainer Dean Evason will make a cut. In any case, Rossi should still be there. On Saturday, the Minnesota Wild play their first friendly against reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.