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Overseas signings: Martinez to Finland, Wolski to Poland, Jeffrey lands in Holland

Oct 6, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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Signings overseas aren’t exactly flying down the pipe these days and the names headed over aren’t always marquee guys. Here’s a handful of guys that decided to take their games to Europe.

Kings’ Martinez off to Finland

Alec Martinez signed a deal with Turku of the SM-liiga in Finland. Martinez has spent the last two seasons as a steady third-pair defenseman for the Kings and was helpful in earning the team the Stanley Cup in June. He had six goals and six assists in 61 games last year for L.A.

Wolski signs with Polish team

You don’t hear too much about the Polish national league, but Caps forward Wojtek Wolski will take his dangling talents there during the lockout joining Ciarko PBS Bank KH Sanok (link in Polish).

Wolski has had his ups and downs in the NHL playing hot off the bat and then winding up a shootout stud before becoming a healthy scratch. He signed with Washington this summer as a replacement for Alexander Semin.

Jeffrey is first NHL player in The Netherlands

Bet you didn’t know there was a pro hockey league in Holland, did you? There is and Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey is headed there to play for Tilburg in the Dutch Eredivisie. The Penguins’ depth forward has shown flashes of brilliance as a fourth liner in the NHL but has yet to fully establish himself. He had four goals and two assists last season for Pittsburgh in 26 games.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    FU Martinez !

    and I mean that seriously … running from the fight is not what men of honor and conviction do !… and it sure as hell isn’t what an LA King should be doing at this juncture in the fight ! … both you and Kopitar have now shown your colors and therefore you traitors can now consider yourselves “relieved” …

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Your employer locks you out of the factory. You find another job. How is that being a traitor? Sitting around earning nothing while the elite squabble over who should run the asylum would be stupid.

      • blomfeld - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Friend … it’s more about the importance of not “breaking rank” as my attached video selection attempts to illustrate … Martinez and Kopitar are not in danger of going on food stamps or missing next month’s rent … they’re both wealthy men with lavish salaries … but even more importantly, they’re members of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings ! … there are plenty of opportunities for them to play and stay fresh, right there in sunny California … :)

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