On the last day before the lockout, a deal had to be made in order to prevent a lockout. So instead of getting together and talking it out, the NHL and the NHLPA decided to play chicken with each other. Now, it is what it is, a lockout is here, the season hangs in the balance, and the players get restless.
Sources have confirmed that Logan Couture is going to be heading to Genève-Servette HC (Geneva, Switzerland), while captain Joe Thornton is going back to HC Davos (Davos, Switzerland) where he played during the past lockout. Both teams are a part of the National League A (NDA).
Jason Demers is on his way to Finland to play for Oulun Kärpät, while forward Michal Handzus heads to Slovakia and lace up with HC ’05 Banská Bystrica.
It’s only going to be a matter of time before the rest of the team spreads out around the world and play in other countries.
It is definitely not a surprise to see players on the move. If the Lockout is anything like the 04-05 season, they will have to travel to get in some competitive hockey game play so that they don’t get rusty. There have also been reports from other teams too that people will start heading out to play for other teams in the KHL, NDA, Slovak Extraliga, SM-liiga, etc.
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