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Report: Stamkos unlikely to play in Europe because of others’ bad experiences

Dec 17, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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A few weeks ago, Steven Stamkos said that he’d “definitely have to look at getting at least one to two months’ worth of competitive games in” if the 2012-13 campaign is lost.

That might still be the plan, but it looks like Stamkos won’t play in Europe, according to the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.

Why? “One reason: He’s heard from some players who have had bad experiences,” Mirtle said.

It’s not clear who Stamkos has been talking to, but Joffrey Lupul recently returned from the KHL and reported that “it was a little worse than I bargained for.”

Evander Kane‘s tenure in the KHL was also less than ideal.

“It didn’t work out,” Kane told the Winnipeg Free Press. “You play six minutes a night and they want you to score three goals a game.”

Kane was also blasted by his KHL coach for his fitness level.

Regardless, even if Stamkos decides against playing in Europe, he still has other options. The ECHL is becoming a popular destination for locked-out NHLers.

  1. husky2score - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Mr. Stamkos, it ain’t any better here in the States. It may even be worse.

    • bcjim - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Not for pro hockey players.

  2. bcjim - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    This whole “dissatisfied with Euro/KHL” bit is just shooting yourself in the foot.

    They should be touting how awesome the Euro/KHL gigs are so the owners get nervous. Their current course of action is merely eroding the minuscule leverage they have.

    These guys are not too bright. Fehr should have mandated all smiles and giggles re:playing in Europe.

    Just sign the deal, its not changing. You are on the verge of straight up losing whatever salary you were due this year, players. WAKE UP!!!!

    • duster1982 - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Actually it’s the exact opposite. They are now trashing Europe because they screwed themselves over by going over there to play. They made it easy for the owners to show that NHL players have other options when it comes to leagues to play in, helping out the owners in court. All of a sudden the players realize the mistake they made, and are now back tracking.

  3. bleed4philly - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Amurikah!!! Fock yeah!!!

  4. id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    This guy never had the intent to go anywhere, and is using other’s experiences as his out. Wow! He actually gets to vote this week. Scary!

    • husky2score - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      What does voting have to do with whether or not a player decides to go play overseas?

      • id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        He didn’t have the balls to say he wasn’t going overseas until others said it wasn’t a good experience. So, how is he going to vote objectively if he’s only a sheep?

  5. trick9 - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Whilst waiting for these lockout updates ive seen atleast 20 players praise how much they have liked their experiences in Europe. Now Stamkos is going to back out because hes listening to Evander Kane who is acting like a spoiled brat. As for Lupul maybe he shouldn’t have picked the worst team in the KHL.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      I agree that a number have had good experiences over there, and even Lupul’s comments had the connotation that it wasn’t that Russia was horrible, just that it was different from playing at home and having a major language barrier didn’t make things easy.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Well, I agreed with the first part of your statement anyway – if he was on the fence, something like that would be enough to dissuade hi, and rightly so. Regardless, we don’t know who he talked to and with the injury concerns that come with it, that might have been as significant an issue as being in a foreign country. Who wants to get a potential injury somewhere you’d be worried about the level of care you’d get after?

  6. acieu - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Lupus came back because they didn’t have a bar and grill attached to the rink.

  7. acieu - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Wouldn’t it be more correct to say Lupul didn’t have the “pucks” rather than balls?

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