Sep 21, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
NHL players must be allowed to play in the Swedish Elite League during a lockout, the country’s Competition Authority has ruled.
The ruling comes weeks after the league decided to ban locked-out NHLers, a decision that led to grumbling from a number of individual teams over the missed opportunity to sign Swedish superstars like Henrik Lundqvist and the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.
The Competition Authority likened the league’s ban on NHL players to a cartel.
It’s not clear whether this is the end of it, or if the league could appeal the anti-trust ruling.
The Sedin twins have said they won’t be returning to their old club, Modo, unless it looks like the NHL season will be canceled.
- Rutherford: ‘Our guys felt very strongly about reacquiring’ Lovejoy 37
- Winners and losers of the 2015 trade deadline 56
- Giordano to have surgery, is ‘done for the season’ 17
- PHT’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker 34
- Ducks get their veteran d-man, adding Wisniewski from Columbus 12
- Lovejoy returns to Pittsburgh for Despres 50
- Wild get Stewart as Buffalo-to-Minnesota pipeline continues 51
- Jordan Leopold’s daughter may have orchestrated the Minnesota trade 17
- Wings get Zidlicky from Devils 67
- Can the Wings and Leafs work out a deal for Phaneuf? 49
- Wild beat Avs, dying seconds fight set stage for rematch (169)
- Petrovic: Chicago will ‘probably seek revenge’ for Kane injury tonight (82)
- Trade: Blackhawks acquire Vermette from Arizona for Dahlbeck, first rounder (74)
- Report: Alex Petrovic avoids discipline after injuring Patrick Kane (69)
- Trade: Rangers land Yandle, Coyotes receive Duclair, first-rounder (69)