– Max Pacioretty is going to Switzerland. The young forward has signed with the NLA team Ambri-Piotta. Pacioretty has no particular ties to Switzerland, if anything he’s tied to Russia through his wife Katia. Ambri is considered a weak sister in the top Swiss league (league A), playing in a tiny market of two nearby villages in the Swiss Alps. The best to be said about them is that they have always avoided relegation to the B league.
Pacioretty seems to doing what many North Americans did in the last lockout, with an absence of ties to a particular European league many choose to play in Switzerland. The NLA isn’t the best league in Europe but they are respectable and some of their top teams are amongst the best on the continent. The big advantage is they offer some of Europe’s best player salaries, are pretty open to North American talent and are the one top league that plays in Western Europe rather than Scandinavia or the former Eastern Bloc.
– Brendan Gallagher to room with Josh Gorges. The young veteran defenseman apparently has opened his home to the Canadiens’ top new professional forward who is also from Western Canada, with an eye to show him how to live the day to day life of a pro hockey player (including feeding yourself). Gorges said he was paying forward the same curtesy extended to him in San Jose by veteran defenseman Scott Hannen.
– Bob MacKenzie releases that Galchenyuk will be the only CHL junior player Montreal is interested in recalling this season.
Apparently NHL teams must submit a short list of players they had an interest in recalling to try-out for training camps if they did not open on schedule. Given the status of most of the Habs CHLers, it should come as no surprise that Galchenyuk is the only one on the list even though they could have added more. There is no reason to believe that anyone but him is even close to ready for the professional game and disrupting their junior seasons would serve no purpose.