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Add Stamkos and St. Louis to list of players considering Europe in case of lockout

Aug 28, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos Getty Images

We’ve heard recently from Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin when it comes to making alternative plans in case a lockout interferes with the season, and now Tampa Bay’s biggest stars are joining the party.

Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis both tell Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times that they too will be considering playing in Europe should a work stoppage get in the way of the season starting. St. Louis says where he’s at in his career makes a huge difference in his decision-making process.

“With my age, you want to keep playing,” the 37-year-old said Monday. “I don’t want to take a year off. If the NHL wants to shut us down, we’ll go play somewhere else.”

St. Louis played in Switzerland during the lockout that killed the 2004-05 season, a year in which the Lightning would’ve been defending the Stanley Cup. St. Louis tells Cristodero if the lockout is still raging in October, we’ll start seeing players head across the pond.

As for Stamkos, he’s not quite as definitive as his teammate saying he’s thought about heading to Europe if things get out of hand here.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Funny thing is it would be cheaper to go see these guys in Europe than it would be to see them when they come to Toronto.

  2. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Add Scott Hartnell also. Hartnell inquired with Kalpa of Sweden about an oppertunity to play in the event of a lockout.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      SEL doesn’t accept contacts shorter than a full year – that was posted several times here

  3. jpelle82 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    as a fan you get mixed feelings about crap like this. i dont want malkin getting hurt playing in russia but i also dont want him taking a year off either. the older you are the harder it is to regain game speed when you come back so it makes perfect sense what st louis is saying

    • jpelle82 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      to add…. you gotta wonder if these stars making these statements are really designed or done as a ploy to send a message to the owners. kinda shows the owners some indifference, show them that they will play anyway and they arent so desperate to play that they will back down on negotiations just to make the season happen.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        I don’t think there’s necessarily an ulterior motive with these guys wanting to play elsewhere if the CBA negotiations continue to drag on. That being said, it should still be viewed as a message that the owners need to get the show on the road, whether that message was intended or not. Fans might not want their favorite player to get hurt in Europe, but the owners have more interest in the investments they’ve made in their players. In any case, it’s one of those situations that can be viewed any number of ways.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        It probably factors in but don’t forget hockey players are different than other athletes. Guys play the game because they genuinely love playing. It’s why most continue to play in beer leagues, alumni games, charity games, etc, long after their career is over.

  4. orangeandblack67 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Is there any way fans in the US could watch these leagues in action in the event of the “L.O.” ( the actual word disgusts me)

  5. jmebro - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    BOYCOTT THE NHL!!

  6. mattmc20 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Just stay in Europe….The NHL is a dead league with garbage as leaders on both sides. INEXCUSABLE!!!!

  7. themajorleagueblog - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    To those asking about how to watch games in the US: Few networks have rights to international games. Possibly NBC or ESPN could pick up a league for a year and ESPN already has the KHL. CBS is probably locking up the rights to the AHL for years.

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