National League

Rathgeb thus returns to Switzerland. He has signed a three-year contract with the National League team.

Yannick Rathgeb to play for the Seelanders
Robert Hradil / RvS.Media

Yannick Rathgeb was put on unconditional waivers by the New York Islanders for the purpose of contract termination almost a week ago. The former HC Fribourg-Gottéron defender was not able to move up in the Islanders' depth chart over the course of the season and only ever played in the AHL for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (four goals, seven assists in 32 games). According to Vincent Criblez (Planète Hockey), Rathgeb has an out clause for North America at the end of the second year of his contract.

Several teams showed interest in the defender. According to Frank Stettler (Freiburger Nachrichten), Rathgeb did tell his former employer, HC Fribourg-Gottéron, that a return was not an option for the defender for now.

As for Dominik Egli, he requested to be released out of his deal with EHC Biel, which would have run through 2020. The defenseman has agreed to terms with the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers. His new deal is valid until the end of the 2020-21 season.

The 20-year-old defender joined the Seelanders last summer. He only suited up in 23 games for them (one goal, four assists) and was then sent to play for his former team, EHC Kloten, via B-license (three assists in 13 games).

( 20 May 2019 | mso )