National League

Still without a new contract for the upcoming season, former SC Bern import-defenseman Marc-André Gragnani, 29, apparently prefers to continue his career either in the NHL, KHL or Switzerland.

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"It's not a secret that we've been chasing him and already did so last year," HV71's team manager Johan Hult tells the Swedish newspaper Jönköping-Posten. "But meanwhile I've realized and must accept that his focus clearly lies on the NHL, KHL and Switzerland."

Gragnani suited up for SC Bern during the 2014-15 season (42 points in 60 games), before he left Switzerland in direction of North America, where he signed a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Last season, the Canadian mainly played with the Devils' AHL-affiliate team in Albany, for which he managed to put up two goals and 33 assists in a total of 68 games. (rlu)