As the Latvian netminder is most likely headed overseas after this season, HC Lugano has to find a replacement. 

Sandro Zurkirchen - Lugano-bound next season?
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The Bianconeri's current goaltender Elvis Merzlikins is only signed until the end of this season. In all likelihood, the 24-year-old will move to North America and play in the organization of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Lugano will have to find a respectable replacement for Merzlikins. As Lorenzo Boscolo mentions on Rete Uno (one of RSI's radio stations, relayed by HeShootsHeScores), it might very well be Sandro Zurkirchen. The current netminder of Lausanne HC still has a contract until 2020, but the Lions have already signed Tobias Stephan for next season and also still employ Luca Boltshauser. Zurkirchen is said to already have agreed on a deal with Lugano. 

Last Update: 14 November 2018, 01:55 PM | esi*

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