Nashville Predators prospect Simon Moser has officially parted ways with the Predators organization and the NHL, at least for now, by joining SC Bern of National League A in Switzerland.
This news is no real surprise to anyone that has been keeping an eye on the situation between the restricted free agent Moser and the Predators organization. Swiss Hockey News reported on July 26 that Moser was likely to leave the Predators organization for the upcoming season, and a return home to Switzerland was almost certain.
Moser’s contract with SC Bern has an NHL out-clause. His NHL out-clause means that he is free to sign a new deal with the Predators prior to November 15 and immediately return to North America. Moser already had a contract with SC Bern and was using his NHL out-clause this past season by playing for Nashville and Milwaukee.
Moser reportedly was offered a qualifying offer by the Predators at the league minimum value, but declined due to the small AHL salary involved in the contract.
The 25-year-old left winger tallied 26 points for the Predators AHL club in Milwaukee last season in 48 games. Moser also saw time in Nashville last year, putting on the gold sweater six times and tallying two points in six games: one goal and one assist.
Moser also played for Switzerland in this year’s Winter Olympics, where he had one goal in the team’s four total games.
Moser fell behind the likes of other Predators prospects in Sissons, Jarnkrok, Salomaki, Watson, Forsberg, Beck and others to finish 11th in total points last season with Milwaukee. With that being said, a player looking for the same salary or higher than players that are out playing him does not make much sense for the Predators bank account.