Is Mayer Headed to Switzerland?

Photo: Francois Lacasse, Getty Images

Photo: Francois Lacasse, Getty Images

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.

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3 Responses to Is Mayer Headed to Switzerland?

  1. In fact, according to our twitter colleague @SwissHabs (who reported this news first), EHC Bienne HAS confirmed the signature of Robert Mayer for next season.

    The acquisition of Dustin Tokarski now makes more sense. In all likelihood, Peter Delmas should be his backup, unless the Habs sign a free agent (from junior, college, or the UFA ranks) to step in.

    Interestingly, both Mayer and Delmas were signed as free agents. The pipeline contains zero netminders actually drafted by the organization (Petteri Simila and Jason Missiaen were not even offered a contract).

    Jean-Francois G February 19, 2013 at 2:55 am Reply
    • Yes SwissHabs reported that he signed, however when he did post that, he did not have much information and I didn’t even know where it was coming from. Therefore, i did some more digging and found something from 4 days ago. This is why I listed the paper as the source. I didn’t know how accurate the paper was because in the past, some have been inaccurate when it comes to these things. I believe Delmas should get a shot at back up but then if one of them goes down, you have sign a PTO? Why not just have someone in the system who takes ECHL time like Peter does now?

      I know that Delmas and Mayer were not drafted and that those who were did not even get a shot really. But it is interesting that Mayer is moving.

      Michael Gomez February 19, 2013 at 9:40 am Reply
  2. I say they just bring Delmas up. You have Tokarski, one of the top AHL goalies, as the starter and you give Delmas a chance with Hamilton.

    StevenEllisNHL February 19, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

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