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NHL Lockout, Day 4: Players Eye Charity Games Between Montreal, Quebec City Natives
Published September 19, 2012
NOTHING BREWING IN N.Y.: In N.Y., Mark Everson notes the NHLPA has a "golden ... chance to showcase its constituency, make some money, give the public the hockey it will otherwise miss and make a statement in the court of public opinion" by holding charity games in the N.Y. area. So far, though, sources said that the union "has not approached either the Meadowlands’ arena, nor the soon-to-open Barclays Center in Brooklyn." A source said that the NHLPA "is concentrating on getting a deal done with the NHL, and that setting up games seems premature now" (N.Y. POST, 9/19).
MORE PLAYERS ON THE MOVE: USA TODAY's Kevin Allen notes as of last night, 12 NHLers "had agreed to play in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League," while five players "were headed to the Swiss League, two to the Czech Republic and one each to Germany and Sweden." All contracts "allow players to return when the lockout ends" (USA TODAY, 9/19). In St. Paul, Ben Goessling notes Wild G Niklas Backstrom "became the first Wild player to move toward playing in Europe," reportedly agreeing to play ing the KHL. Meanwhile, Wild C Zach Parise said that he has "only 'very loosely' considered the possibility of going to Europe" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 9/19). SI.com's Stu Hackel wrote the "longer this CBA stalemate goes on, the more those who remain here will consider going over" (SI.com, 9/18). Sharks LW Ryan Clowe said players get serious about looking into playing overseas “after a month or so when it looks like this could be dragged on.” However, most guys "don’t think it will be that long.” Clowe: “I’m not in a rush right now to go anywhere” (“Chronicle Live,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 9/18).