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Former NHLer’s in Europe

This week I will take a look at some former NHL players now playing in various European leagues. With the implementation of the salary cap, the average NHL players’ career is now ending when they hit their mid-thirties, as GM’s round out their roster with younger, less expensive options. This recent trend has led to an influx of big name players, such as Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov, heading overseas for better contracts and a chance to lengthen their career. Do most of these players repeat their NHL success overseas or are they clearly at the twilight of their careers?

Dominik Hasek
Spartak

Hasek was signed last summer after leading HC Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga championship. However, Hasek has struggled this year with a 4-10 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .898 save percentage as Spartak currently sit 18th out of 23 KHL teams.

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Straka Will Play Overseas Next Year

via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The Hockey News has learned Martin Straka will play overseas in 2008-09.

Reports surfaced last week that Straka would return to play in his native Czech Republic, but those reports were later denied.

A source close to the situation has now confirmed Straka will indeed leave the NHL.

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Report- Straka Goes Home

the AP is reporting via the International Herald Tribune that Martin Straka will be playing in the Czech Republic next season.

update 11:37am, Now a denial from Straka’s agent.

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Straka Out With Concussion

from On the Rangers Beat at Newsday,

In a serious blow to the Rangers’ offense, Martin Straka, who missed 15 games with a broken finger, but sparked a resurgence of the first line when he returned, is out indefinitely with a concussion he suffered Saturday in the Edmonton game. Nigel Dawes skated in Straka’s spot alongisde Jaormir Jagr and Scott Gomez in practice today.

Also not skating was Brendan Shanahan, whose left knee injury was described as a bad bruise and coach Tom Renney described the veteran’s status as “day-to-day.”

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Martin Straka Breaks Finger

From TSN,

New York Rangers veteran forward Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand in a game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Towards the end of the first period, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cranked a slap shot from the point that hit Straka in the right hand in front of the net.

Straka, who has two goals and one assist this season, is not expected to return.

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