Mar 12, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) during play in the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens is joining the Swiss A League during the NHL lockout, signing with Amrbi Piotta.
The sixth member of the Montreal Canadiens to sign with a European club since the start of the NHL lockout is forward Max Pacioretty. He's joining Ambri Piotta in the Swiss A League, according to a release here (in Italian). According to Gant Daily, Pacioretty was convinced to join the team by former NHL coach and now Amrbi Piotta mento Kevin Constantine.
Ambri Piotta hasn't made the league playoffs in six years, and are serious about taking advantage of yet another NHL labor stoppage to bring in strong talent and compete. Pacioretty supposedly liked this mindset, and chose them for that reason, so it's clear that he's not looking to use the lockout as some kind of extended vacation or anything along those lines.
Pacioretty will take on some of his teammates in the Swiss league, as Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber have both signed up for different teams within the league. Diaz will play for EV Zug, while Weber will suit up for Geneva-Servette. Other Canadiens players taking their talents overseas are Tomas Kaberle, Tomas Piekanec, and Alexei Emelin.