With Hagelin and Nash now going to play overseas, the other Rangers players who can get roster spots should probably follow suit. I think it’s very important the players stay fit throughout the duration of the lockout. The pessimist in me says by the time this lockout is over, the teams will be given little or no training camp and will have to jump right into the games.
Brad Richards says he’d like to remain on this side of the pond, but how sharp can he get skating around in circles playing in some beer league? He’s one of the lucky ones who can actually get a roster spot in Europe and should take full advantage of that. Other guys like Stu Bickel and Mike Rupp aren’t good enough to take someone else’s roster spot in Europe.
Here are the players I think that should head to Europe and play in any league they can get into:
Marian Gaborik obviously should not be playing because of his injury, and Chris Kreider will play in the AHL. All the other players I didn’t mention probably wouldn’t get a job overseas, but nonetheless it’s important they stay fit.
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