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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NHL Players Abroad, Labor Talks, Hamilton Bulldogs and More

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Slowly, it has begun.

NHL players are making their exodus towards Europe.

Joe Thornton and Rick Nash are returning to HC Davos in Switzerland. Both played — and won — there in 2004-05.

Meanwhile, Evegeni Malkin, Nail Yakupov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Nikolai Kulemin are KHL bound. Quite an influx of talent to the world's second best league.

As for Montreal Canadiens, Raphael Diaz will rejoin his former Swiss club EV Zug, Yannick Weber is heading for Geneva-Servette and Tomas Plekanec is Czech Republic bound.

TSN has a complete list here.

Personally, I think I would sign somewhere a bit off the hockey map and take the time to really experience a different culture.

Where would you sign during a lockout?

Habs and Hockey News

- The Habs have sent down 21 players to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. HabsWorld has a comprehensive look at the Bulldogs roster situation.

- As labor talks stall between the NHL and NHLPA, Ken Campbell argues that the league missed its chance to bury the players in 2005.

- USA Today considers the impact the lockout could have on the young NBC Sports Network.

- Qualifications for the 2014 Sochi Olympics have begun.


(Photo via Ssolbergj/Wikipedia)

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