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PHT’s Morning Skate: Will European leagues loosen import restrictions if NHLers are locked out?

Aug 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

From Terry Koshan: “The idea that players will pack their bags and head for Europe in the event of a lockout is not so cut and dried.

“The respective European leagues haven’t issued notice that they will loosen their import restrictions and, overall, they might not have an appetite to do so should NHL players come knocking.” (Toronto Sun)

Here’s video of Nail Yakupov meeting with the Edmonton media on Thursday, talking about house hunting. (Edmonton Journal)

The younger brother of Florida Panthers blueliner Erik Gudbranson, Alex, talks about being passed over at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. (Sault Star)

Zach Parise likes Jay-Z, Modern Family and his wife’s pizza potato hotdish. (Pioneer Press)

Ever wonder what ex-NHLPA boss Paul Kelly is up to? Well, he’s representing the family of the late Joe Paterno. (Globe and Mail)

Donald Fehr will be in Kelowna, British Columbia next week to meet with the various NHLers that summer there. That includes Shea Weber, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Josh Gorges and Carey Price. (Kelowna Capital News)

Now that he’s signed a six-year, $23 million extension, Philly’s Wayne Simmonds hopes there isn’t a lockout. You don’t say. (CSN Philly)

  1. kingfooj - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I can completely see the articles point about reluntancy on the part of the Euro(SEL, SM, Swiss) leagues to open its doors. It must be hard to rebound the year after being injected with all that blockbuster talent when the players go back to North America. It could actually set the league back by losing unsatisfied fans, just a thought.

    Yet,I see it more than likely that the KHL might be inclined to open the flood gates. After these past couple of years battling over players with the NHL, what a good opportunity for the russian league to have an open house, so to speak, and show the North Americans what its like. With the inflated salary to talent ratio over there and lockout drama going on back home, im sure that not everyone will come back when an agreement is made. I hope the owners are aware of this potential loss because we are in trouble if this lockout does occur.

  2. themajorleagueblog - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I thik the European leagues will open their doors a little bit. The guys we expect to go to Europe in the lockout like Danny Briere, Milan Hejduk and Joe Thornton will likely go to Europe during the lockout

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  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I know one thing, the NHL Network won’t show the games. Then again, who doesn’t want to watch the same 5 episodes of NHL36?

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