NHL Lockout: 4 Reasons NHL Players Playing in Europe Is a Bad Idea

October 23rd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

NHL players going overseas to play hockey during the lockout was a mistake, and it has hurt the league in several different ways.

Since there is minimal progress being made during the current work stoppage, we may see even more players start to sign with teams in European leagues over the next week or so.

Let's look at why NHL players playing in Europe is a bad idea from the league's perspective.


Injury Risk

There's no question that teams are fearful of players getting hurt while playing overseas during the lockout.

We have already seen a few notable NHLers suffer injuries overseas, including New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (via Tom Gulitti of The Record) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com).

Volchenkov's agent, Jay Grossman, said Volchenkov broke "a small bone" near the arch of his foot, below the ankle. Not actually the ankle.

— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) October 22, 2012 Jakub Voracek's agent, Petr Svoboda, said this morning his client will not need to weara knee brace when he returns to the ice ...

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