Patrick Kane signs in Switzerland

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Patrick Kane signs in Switzerland

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane postponed original plans to play in Europe when former teammate Adam Burish helped organize the Champs for Charity game.

But after playing in Friday's game, Kane will be heading across the pond.

Kane has signed with EHC Biel, a National League A squad in Switzerland. Kane tweeted the news on Tuesday afternoon ("Excited and thankful to join EHC Biel in the Swiss league. Looking forward to the experience"). His agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed that Kane will play in Friday's Champs for Charity game with current and former Blackhawks, then depart for Switzerland.

Kane said he was close to signing with a European squad early last week. But NHL and NHLPA negotations were looking promising about a week ago; that, and Burish coming up with this game, were enough to keep Kane's plans on hold.

"Yeah, I would say I was close, maybe a week or two to going over," Kane said last Wednesday at the Champs for Charity press conference. "I'm just waiting for the right situation and things like that. You hear about this game and you hear (how) negotiations are going, you don't want to make any rush to go over there and come back after a couple of weeks. We'll see what happens."

But negotiations have taken a nosedive since then, with no talks currently scheduled between the two sides. So Kane will head to EHC Biel, where he will play for as long as the lockout goes. Boston's Tyler Seguin is also signed with EHC Biel.

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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