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“I know for a fact Russians will probably stay, I can't blame them either. The Russian league treats players a different way. For them to play in their home country and not have these (labor) disputes every other year … and they honor the contracts over there. If you sign a deal, that's the deal you get.''

-Henrik Zetterberg who announced today he is headling to Switzerland to play during the lockout.  Much more from Zetterberg via Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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The very best of luck to any and all who would rather play in Russia and have ‘labor peace’.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/08/12 at 06:29 PM ET

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1) Probably has insight from Pav and could be an indicator we have only 1 more year with him.  Bad news for Wings and fans.

2) Means players have reconciled themselves to losing a whole season.  Hank wasn’t going to go to Europe until Christmas initially.  This speeds up plans considerably.

3) Bettman has finally made players consider the KHL as a viable alternative to the NHL to get the most bang for their buck out of their short careers.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/08/12 at 06:49 PM ET

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AWESOME he’s decided to play with Brunner.. could speed up any chemistry they might have on the ice and help the transition for Brunner when the season starts.  With Z turning into a playmaker and Brunner true finisher, this could be a very dynamic duo.  And Brunner gets to get his feet wet on Euro ice with Red Wings leadership

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/08/12 at 06:51 PM ET

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The Russian league treats players a different way.

If you want to play in a post-soviet siberian industrial town, flying on third world aircraft, playing for mob ruled corporations, with minimal civil rights, then Russia is the ticket.

Posted by timbits on 10/08/12 at 08:57 PM ET

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If you want to play in a post-soviet siberian industrial town, flying on third world aircraft, playing for mob ruled corporations, with minimal civil rights, then Russia is the ticket.

Guys have gone through a lot worse just to get laid. They’ll certainly do it to make a king’s ransom playing hockey.

Posted by madhatter on 10/08/12 at 10:32 PM ET

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You’d still be getting paid nicely to play a game for a living.  And I’m sure they can get more bang for their rubel over there

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/08/12 at 10:38 PM ET

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If you want to play in a post-soviet siberian industrial town, flying on third world aircraft, playing for mob ruled corporations, with minimal civil rights, then Russia is the ticket.

Any player that wants to play in their native Country has my respect. I do not begrudge anyone. There is no place like home. Plenty of players are returning to Europe too.

Seems to me you just don’t like the Russians. It’s not the 1960’s any more.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ‘13?

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/09/12 at 08:00 AM ET

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If you want to play in a post-soviet siberian industrial town

I think I read that the Russian word for “Post-soviet siberian industrial town” is the same word they have for “home”.

Having said that, you can’t say you know “for a fact” that something is “probably” going to happen.

Posted by Garth on 10/09/12 at 09:43 AM ET

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Z is wrong about the KHL teams honoring contracts. There has been plenty of stories about players or whole rosters that don’t get paid on time, if at all. That was just a cheap shot at NHL ownership, but not entirely wise considering it’s not true.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 10/09/12 at 10:08 AM ET

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