Before Sven Andrighetto switched from Colorado Avalanche to KHL plant Awangard Omsk last summer, a native of Zurich was warned by a number of professional colleagues about an ice age in Russia. “Then I was sure that these people would describe the conditions in KHL worse than they really are. But now I have to find out that it is rather worse, “concludes the 27-year-old winger who won the silver medal with Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup.
At the top of the “ghettos” list of deficiencies is the style of play in KHL. «Even if the Russian players get excellent training right away, these sensitive elements hardly come into this league. Most games are like a huge “cramp”, more ice hockey works with than is played. “
Deportation to the farm threatens
Andrighetto at Omsk was also disappointed by Canadian coach Bob Hartley, who won the ZSC Lions championship title in 2012. “Before the season, Bob promised me in a long conversation that he would use me regularly in power play. But then I rarely got to play more than 20 seconds in the overwhelming game. »This is one of the reasons why the former ZSC junior did not exceed 13 goals in 62 KHL appearances.
Now with 227 NHL games, the man must also realize that a contract in Russia counts a little to nothing. “I still had a contract for another year. But then the club officials informed that they would send me to the farm if I were to return to Russia. At the same time, it was made clear to me that I would not receive the salary that I am entitled to under the contract. »Because Andrigehtto and his advisers had to see that there was no other solution, the contract was canceled on Thursday.
“There are more important things than money”
Following this cut, the son sits on a successful trustee on the shores of Lake Greif and thinks of a future in Switzerland. “It is obvious to me that in this particularly difficult time due to the corona pandemic, no Swiss law can pay me an annual salary of one million. But I do not care, in Russia I realized that there are much more important things in life than money. »
For example, the love of his American girlfriend Bailey. “The best part of my Russian chapter is the fact that Bailey and I have moved closer together in Moscow.” That is why Sven also wanted to marry the biology student this summer. “But because Corona currently doesn’t allow any big celebrations, we postponed the wedding by a year.”
ZSC, Zug or Lausanne?
Due to the corona pandemic, Andrighetto is currently sleeping alone in his parents’ home in Wermatswil ZH. «As an American, my girlfriend is currently not allowed to enter Switzerland. It hurts. “
At “Ghetto” there is a quick turn for good. “Much indicates that I will be writing a Swiss club in the next few days. I am really looking forward to getting involved in the National League, ”confirms the man who has never played in our top tier before.
But which club will the right wing give the “yes” word? There is much to be said for either ZSC Lions, Zug or Lausanne who won the race for the right wing. A look at his left thigh reveals that Andrighetto would particularly like to play in Zurich: where he had the Züri lion and Grossmünster stung two years ago …