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KHL Will Welcome NHLers If Lockout Occurs; Players Weighing Options
Published September 5, 2012
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WEIGHING OPTIONS: The GLOBE & MAIL's James Mirtle cited a survey as indicating several NHL player agents "expect most of their European clients will play in their home countries should the lockout extend into October." Some North America-born NHLers "could then follow suit if it lasts much beyond that, especially with the KHL eager to take advantage of the situation." For many players, "collecting a paycheque -- even a much smaller one -- while still playing is obviously appealing" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/5). In Chicago, Chris Kuc noted when the '04-05 NHL season was canceled, "many players joined teams in Europe." Blackhawks LW Patrick Sharp said, "If that needs to be an option, certainly. I grew up dreaming of playing in the NHL and I love playing for the Hawks, so that's obviously the first choice, (but) if it comes to that then that's always an option" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/4). In Detroit, Helene St. James notes Red Wings C Henrik Zetterberg during the '04-05 lockout "returned to play for his old Swedish club, Timra, but that might not be an option this time." Zetterberg said, "If you want to come and play, you have to sign for the whole year. We'll see if they change that rule" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/5).