On Monday evening, the ZSC Lions made use of the “Lex Suter” for the first time and used five foreigners against Ambri of all people – the Ticino had previously lost seven times in a row. It ended in a 2-3 disgrace.
The only surprising thing was the timing. Since the Zurich-based company signed another foreigner, Ryan Lasch, a month ago and then swaggered in their media release that the American would replace the injured Swiss puncher Chris Baltisberger, whose loss was covered by the insurance, and thus no additional costs would arise, it was clear that one day they would employ five foreigners.
Do you have to use 5 foreigners because you are allowed to?
Lions refer to the rules. Finally, in connection with the new NHL transfer agreement, the clubs decided that a team that loses a Swiss with a current contract to an NHL club can use an additional foreigner for two seasons.
When the Swede Marcus Krüger reported back after a broken rib, coach Rikard Grönborg had five foreigners available for the first time since Pius Suter’s departure to the Chicago Blackhawks and the engagement of Lasch. Including the two strikers Teemu Rautiainen and Ryan Hayes.
The y were actually brought in for the GCK Lions, who played against Thurgau in the Swiss League at the same time on Monday.
But do you have to use five foreigners just because you can and may? Is it too much to ask for a sure instinct from a club during these difficult times?
Ironically, two days after the player protests
It was not until Saturday evening that the NL players, in cooperation with the fans, delayed the start of the game in all five stadiums by two minutes in a unique campaign to protest against the increase in the number of foreigners from 2022/23. Just last week, the club presidents rightly demanded in a letter that the Federal Council and Parliament adjust the conditions for drawing A-fonds-perdu contributions. For months the clubs have been complaining about the damage caused by the pandemic and are supported by fans, players and sponsors in solidarity.
Nobody can currently estimate how hard the clubs will be hit by the consequences of the Corona crisis. But it is very likely that they will continue to rely on solidarity in the future. And it can’t be a one-way street. You could create goodwill with a little tact. Now, of all people, the ZSC Lions have missed this opportunity, who opposed the large majority in the debate about the controversial league reform against increasing the number of foreigners and the abolition of relegation.
The Lions, after all, have a huge youth movement. And the scorer list of the U20 elite lead with Liekit Reichle (18) and Joel Henry (17) two Lions forwards.
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