Predators RFA Moser set to play with SC Bern; NHL out-clause in effect until Nov. 15

July 31, 8:37 AM

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Nashville Predators restricted free agent and Swiss-born forward Simon Moser will begin the new hockey season with SC Bern in the National League A, according to SwissHockeyNews.ch. The team retained the forwards rights after he signed his NHL entry-level deal prior to the 2013-14 season.

The 25-year-old "is fully integrated into their practicing and game operations until further notice."

His contract with Bern does include an NHL out-clause in effect until Nov. 15, meaning he is free to leave the club in the event that he is able to reach a deal with the Predators prior to that time.

Moser recorded eight goals and 18 assists in 48 AHL games and one goal and one assist in six NHL games last season. He rejected Nashville's qualifying offer earlier in July and is seeking a higher minor-league salary from the Predators.

Aug 27, 6:03 PM

Predators RFA Simon Moser injures thigh while playing with SC Bern

Aug 27, 6:03 PM

This summer, Nashville Predators restricted free agent Simon Moser signed with SC Bern of the National League-A, the top professional hockey league in Switzerland, after the Predators apparently decided not to meet his demands for a higher AHL-level salary. Moser's deal with SC Bern included an NHL-out clause that was valid through Nov. 15, but it's looking less and less likely that Moser will return to North America this season.

Playing in Champions Hockey League action this past weekend, Moser sustained a thigh injury when he was cut by the skate of an opponent according to from Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. He'll reportedly be sidelined for about two months.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Don McPeak

July 25, 1:04 PM

Predators' Moser won't return unless the Predators offer a higher salary at AHL level

July 25, 1:04 PM

Nashville Predators forward and Swiss Olympian Simon Moser, a restricted free agent, would appear to be at an impasse in contract negotiations with the Predators. Moser, 25, remains unsigned and for now is holding out for a higher AHL salary.

"We are in talks with other clubs," Moser's agent Georges Müller told Kristopher Martel of the Predatorial tihs week. "A return to Nashville is only an option if the Predators are willing to increase the AHL salary."

Moser was signed to a one-year, entry-level contract by Nashville prior to the beginning of the 2013-14 season and his salary last season was only $70,000 at the AHL level, which is typical for an entry-level deal. 

Because of Moser's ties to Switzerland, home of the most popular European professional hockey league, the National League A, he can likely do much better with SC Bern who own Moser's rights were he to return to the Swiss league. 

The 6-foot-2, 214 pound forward appeared in six NHL games last season, managing a goal and two total points. In 48 games with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals, Mosers scored eight times and added 18 assists for 26 total points.

[Contract data courtesy capgeek.com