A hip injury kept Raphael Diaz out of practice with his Zug teammates Sunday.

Diaz has had problems with a pulled abductor muscle since training camp.  While registering a three assist game in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Rapperswil Lakers he apparently aggravated the problem.  Diaz leads all Swiss League defensemen with 3 goals and 10 assists and is only four points behind the league overall leaders.

He is not expected to play when Zug plays the European Trophy game at Mannheim Germany on Tuesday. Zug plays it’s next Swiss League game Friday at home against Langnau.

In other news –

…….Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg practiced with Zug Sunday for the first time since signing a lockout contract with the team early last week.

……Former Canadien Alexei Kovalev is reported to be on the verge of signing with HC Red Ice, the Martigny Switzerland in the Swiss “B” Division.   Kovalev, at age 39, still hopes to sign with an NHL team, so any deal with Red Ice would be based on the duration of the lockout.  Kovalev has been working out with the team for two weeks.

O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

……At 1:15 Monday morning, the HC Kladno put tickets on sale for their home game scheduled for October 23rd against Brno at O2 Arena in Prague.   The tickets were sold out by 9:15am.  The clamor for tickets is the result of the five Kladno NHLer’s (Plekanec, Jagr, Tlusty, Kaberle and Zdlicki) and the extraordinary support by Brno fans.  Brno’s the second largest city in the Republic.   The two earlier Kladno home games at O2 drew 15,705 and 15,575 fans.  The record crowd for the arena, which also stands as an overall KHL record, is 16,317 for last week’s game between Lev Prague and Moscow Dynamo whose lineup included Alex Ovechkin.