RUMOR - As the Tages Anzeiger reports, based on North American sources, the ZSC Lions are about to sign Swedish defender Henrik Tallinder as replacement for Derek Smith, who is expected to be out with a back injury until March 2015.

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The 35-year-old has an experience of more than 700 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils. Without a new contract after the past season, he recently played with AHL's Hartford Wolfpack, where he tried to recommend himself to the New York Rangers - without success.

For Tallinder it would be a return to Switzerland. During the lockout season 2004-05, he reinforced SC Bern during the playoffs (1 goal and 1 assist in 10 games). The Swede (1,90m / 95kg) is considered to be a man for a solid defensive as well as physical game.