Minsk added five players through free agency today, Bern added four more and five other teams also added at least one player.
The Hussars hope Jonas Gustavsson will become a monster in Minsk, signing him to a $1 million deal. They also scored a pair of defensemen for $800,000 each and a pair of forwards for $600,000 each.
Bern acquired defenseman Randy Jones for $750,000 and three other players for $500,000 each.
Two other teams each became two players deeper today, as Helsinki signed former Calgary Flames Robyn Regehr and Matt Stajan, and Madrid added goalie Brent Johnson and tough defenseman Andy Sutton.
The young Belfast Giants added some veteran experience in German Marco Sturm, Paris only paid $450,000 to get young defenseman Nate Prosser and Edinburgh dropped a cool million on Colby Armstrong.
There will be another round of signings Sunday morning and then the season will open at 5:30 p.m. EST, barring any complications. The marquee matchup of the night will be in Switzerland, where two of the preseason favorites – Bern and Geneva – will lock horns.
Who will see the game on TV remains a question. It seems not many big network deals were negotiated in the EURO. Bratislava reported having zero national or regional telecasts, while Copenhagen said they were only able to work out a deal for two regional broadcasts. If any club has a national broadcast scheduled, would you let us know by replying here? Thanks.