Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/11/11 at 03:57 PM ET
via Brendan Shanahan tweet,
Without mentioning teams/players, the answer is yes. NHL was approached by certain players thru their GM. Battling injuries & need to heal.
What I would have liked is a player like Pavel Datsyuk, selected to the team then replaced due to injury.
Datsyuk is scheduled to return right around the time of the All-Star Game and probably would have opted-out even if he happens to play a game or two before the break.
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