Marco Sturm is hoping for the German NHL stars to play at the World Championship in May. However, the insurance sum of a German star could cause problems.
Six weeks before the World Cup opener in Denmark, national coach Marco Sturm does not yet know which NHL players will support the Olympic heroes.
“We’ll see. Of course you are in contact, but in the end the players decide for themselves. When the high season in the NHL is over in mid-April, they will inform me,” Sturm said.
Potential NHL candidates include goalkeeper Thomas Greiss, defender Dennis Seidenberg (both New York Islanders) and striker Leon Draisaitl.
But there is another financial problem with the attacker of the Edmonton Oilers: the high insurance sum for the top earner.
“This is no longer the Leon Draisaitl, who earns 700,000 dollars, but has a 60 million contract in his pocket,” Sturm said. You have to take a look.”
The fact that some of South Korea’s silver medal winners will not be nominated for the World Cup is part of the deal, Sturm said: “They know they have to make room when an NHL player comes. Even Olympic silver hasn’t changed that.”