According to Nicola Berger of the "Neue Luzerner Zeitung", Damien Brunner won't return to EVZ right now. He does not want to risk an injury while negotiating with an NHL-team.

As sports journalist Silvan Schweizer reports, the ZSC Lions have to cope without their Swedish/Canadian forward Robert Nilsson (concussion) in tomorrow's season opener against HC Fribourg-Gottéron. Ronalds Kenins suffered an elbow injury and is doubtful.

Only two days before their first game of the season, EV Zug enforces their offense. They sign the 30yr-old Canadian Kyle Wellwood, who recently played with the Winnipeg Jets.

Fribourg-Gottéron's forward Melvin Merola (20, photo) and defender Alexander Jeitziner (19) start the season in the NLB, where they will play on loan with HCC respectively HC Ajoie.

Derrick Walser, defenseman of the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, has to undergo an operation soon. As a replacement, the Lakers sign the 29yr-old Swedish defender Daniel Fernholm for two months.