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by Paul on 10/22/13 at 04:49 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,
The Premiere Games in Europe may not return after all next fall. Then again, it depends on who you ask.
With ongoing international discussions continuing between the NHL and NHLPA, a different story is emerging from each side as to the return of regular-season games in Europe.
League sources tell ESPN.com that it’s getting late in the planning process and that the NHL doesn’t want to "shoehorn" games in for next fall just for the sake of playing in Europe; wanting instead to do it in a more meaningful fashion down the road and make it part of a bigger plan.
NHLPA sources, however, tell ESPN.com that the players’ union is not yet ready to pull the plug on the project for next October and wants to continue to see what can be done to resurrect the games in time. The NHLPA feels the games overseas are an important tool for the game’s exposure and still wants to see if anything can be done for next fall.
read on for some Lars Eller, Florida Panthers and Patrick Kaleta talk...
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