Dominic Igli is one of the most productive Swiss defenders.Image: Cornerstone
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Attacking defender Dominic Igli (25 years old) is in a comfortable negotiating position: if he signs a contract in Switzerland, he will have a release clause for Sweden.
Dominic Egli has already scored a 25+ point scorer four straight times in a season. So he is one of the most productive Swiss defenders. His point production this season, by his standards, is below average (0.39 per game) doesn’t do much to change that.
Before the final extension in January 2022 in Davos, Sweden’s option was merely a trick in the contractual poker game. There was no concrete option for change at that time. His agent lacked relevant contacts with Swedish clubs.
Now the situation has changed and Dominic Igli is represented by an agent in Sweden with better international relations. Sources from Sweden have reported genuine interest from several clubs in the HCD defender, but no offers have been negotiated in detail yet. The Sweden option is attractive in terms of sports: spending a year or two in Sweden can lead to further sporting development. But it is also clear: in Sweden, he will earn less than in the three clubs that are now trying to bring him to the National League: in the Lakers, where he scored more than 30 points for the first time in 2019/20 and will be a replacement for David Aebischer (who is moving to Lugano); A central role at FC Bern, which, according to sporting director Andrew Ibbett, is trying to recruit the national defender and – of course – HC Davos, which is interested in further extending his contract.
A contract with Davos (the most likely alternative), with the Lakers or with SCB would probably only be available with an exit option to Sweden. So Dominic Igli has the money: certainly a good contract in Switzerland for next season and at the same time the chance that he can move to Sweden next season if things take a turn for the worse.
However, he does not require an NHL release clause. Due to the transfer agreement between the National League and the NHL, any player – including those with ongoing contracts – can move to North America by a certain deadline in the summer.
There is another interesting rumor from Sweden: Adam Tambellini (29), who has been at the Swedish top flight since 2020, is said to have reached an agreement with HCD on a contract starting next season. The Canadian has been linked to Swiss clubs several times. But this time the rumors are serious and were also confirmed by the well-informed Swedish daily Expressen. The powerful and sometimes fast forward has scored one point per game in Sweden’s top league in the past three years.
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