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Report: Sweden’s Elite League might accept NHL players after all

Sep 4, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

Henrik Zetterberg AP

James Mirtle reports that the Swedish Elite League might not close off locked-out NHL players after all.

He cites the drawing power of stars like Henrik Zetterberg when discussing the SEL’s potential change of heart.

Unlike other European professional leagues, Sweden’s Elite League initially claimed that they wouldn’t allow NHL players to sign deals while they bide their time during a lockout.

IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg passed along word from the SEL that players couldn’t sign anything less than a one-year deal, which would mean they couldn’t get out of a deal if a lockout ended.

If the SEL does change its mind, then they’d likely allow players to have “escape” or “out” clauses that would let them return to the NHL once things went back to business.

(Some players believe the season might begin around Nov. 23.)

Perhaps Zetterberg will be attainable, but the Sedin twins claim that they’ll probably practice patience if there’s a lockout.

Unless they have a change of heart, too, of course.

  1. sharksfan754 - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Anyone think lidstrom participates in a SEL stint if there’s a lockout?

    • t16rich - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      Nope. He didn’t do it in 2004, so I certainly don’t see it happening post retirement.

  2. bensawesomeness - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Really gunna kill me to see Zetterburg or Datsyuk in different sweaters.

  3. kiopta1 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Yeah don’t want to see it but it could definitely happen.

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