NLA - For the upcoming season, SC Bern already has seven defensemen locked down with running contracts. The eighth will be an import player. Marc André Gragnani, however, does not want to negotiate before the season is over.

NHL/AHL - Ten days after defenseman Mirco Müller had been placed on injured reserve because of a wrist injury, he seems to be ready to return to game action. San Jose has loaned the 19-year-old to Worcester for conditioning.

MEDICAL REPORT - In tonight's game between Genève-Servette HC and HC Lugano, defender Jonathan Mercier returns to Geneva's lineup. Lugano, on the other hand, has to do without Calle Andersson and Eric Walsky.

NLA - As SC Langenthal announces, Philippe Seydoux will join them via B-license from Lausanne HC until the end of January. He is set to play already tonight.

MEDICAL REPORT - According to the Corriere del Ticino, Raffaele Sannitz will return to the lineup tonight.