All is not well in Switzerland, and the problem is one that has been building for years: salaries for Swiss players in the country’s top league, the NLA, are much higher than the market would ordinarily dictate. The culprit? Supply and demand: not enough top-end Swiss players to fill out the NLA’s 12 franchises.
One solution that is seriously being lobbied is an increase in the number of import players allowed on a team. Currently, that number is four, but some teams would like to see it increased to six. “We just spend too much on salaries,” said Sacha Weibel, CEO of Lausanne HC. “We can’t go with a salary cap because of relegation, so we have to save teams from themselves. We want to give teams more options.”
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.