Is Mayer Headed to Switzerland?
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Current Bulldogs netminder Robert Mayer has been reported to be on the move next season to play for Biel in Switzerland. Tages-Anzeiger, a Swiss German-language national daily newspaper, states that Mayer will replace Reto Berra between the pipes. From the information gathered, it looks like it would be a two-year deal for Mayer with the Swiss team. Now, of course this should be taken lightly for now until there is more confirmation but that is a bit of a blow for Hamilton. Robert is having a surprising season regardless of the Bulldogs being towards the bottom of the standings. Mayer is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.
Mayer, 23, signed an entry-level deal with the Montreal Canadiens back in 2008 for three years. Over the course of his contract, Mayer has struggled for the Hamilton Bulldogs but recently has picked up his game. In 26 games this season, he has a 11-10-3-0 record with a 2.99 GAA and .900 save percentage. He will have to battle will Tokarski, acquired a few days ago from Tampa Bay, for starts for the rest of the season. Perhaps this has something to do with the news but it is possible that he wants to move forward. If Mayer does leave the Habs organization, the Canadiens will have to look for another goaltender to come into the system.
Update: Looks like this is definitely going to happen, especially since RDS is just reporting it. Will be interesting to see if the Canadiens qualify him before he heads over to retain his rights.