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Buffalo Sabres Defenseman Alex Sulzer Signs In Germany

He was more of a wild card when he came out of Vancouver in the Cody Hodgson trade, but Alexander Sulzer fit right in on the blue line – and found himself a roster spot alongside fellow countrymen Christian Erhoff.

He impressed the Buffalo Sabres staff so much that he was signed to an additional year to stick around in Buffalo.

Despite fan optimism about the leagues proposal yesterday – and the NHLPA’s opinion that now there is room to get a deal done, the word optimism must not be in the German vocabulary.

Despite the league pushing for a November 2nd start date with a compressed schedule, Alex Sulzer has flown the coop and jumped the pond to his native Germany, where he has signed to play in the German National League – a league he is not unfamiliar with.

Sulzer is headed back to the DEL to play for ERC Ingolstadt.

This moves comes at an interesting time, just hours after the NHL announces to the NHLPA a compromise plan to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table with enough time to get a deal done to save an 82 game season.

It could be thinking too much into it, but Sulzer could have signed the deal after being advised that the NHLPA was not going to accept the league offer and begin playing hardball with the negotiations, with players unwilling to accept the 50/50 hockey related revenue split.  If we see another rush of players seeking other employment in European and Russian leagues – then it could be a bad sign for the NHL and its fans.

Sulzer’s deal could have also been in the works prior to the announcement of the proposed agreement – and the announcement of the signing just coming a the right time.  Knowing there is the possibility of a shortened training camp, Sulzer could be trying to get his hockey legs underneath him in anticipation of a season.

It appears as if we will find out more today – with the NHLPA scheduled to hopefully talk to the NHL and make a counter proposal tonight after lunch.

Will we see a deal get done, or another line drawn in the sand.

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