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by George Malik on 09/19/12 at 11:08 AM ET
Updated 3xx at 2:29 PM: According to Iltahleti, Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta Sanomat (which broke the news), Valtteri Filppula has been practicing with Jokerit Helsinki since this past weekend, and he'll sign a contract with them shortly.
Update: I find this incredibly hard to believe, but hokej.sk claims that Slovak team Dukla Trencin is trying to negotiate a lockout contract with Tomas Tatar, who has to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins...Hokejportal and Sport.sk are reporting this fluffernutter, too. If Tatar does choose to sign with a Slovak team, the Wings will suspend him.
Update #2: Via TDfrd on Twitter, SME.sk is reporting that Tatar would sign a short-term deal with Trencin, and would be required to return to North America on October 10th--or the start of the AHL's regular season--like Damien Brunner.
Update #3: Via RedWingsFeed, ESPN's Craig Custance confirms the Filppula signing...
And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's confirming Datsyuk's signing with CSKA:
"Pavel is really excited," said Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, when reached Wednesday morning in Russia. "It's a good organization that really wanted Pavel. Fedorov is the (general) manager of the team, and he really wanted him, too."
There was a report earlier in the week out of Russia that Datsyuk was going to play with Ak Bars Kazan, which proved to be inaccurate.
Also Thursday morning, Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl confirmed on his Twitter account he will be playing for Pardubice (former Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek's hometown) in the Czech Republic.
Forward Damien Brunner is playing in the Switzerland, and forwards Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak continue to look for available jobs in any European pro league.
These Wings and many other NHL players are scrambling for jobs, while what was supposed to be the start of training camp (for the Wings on Friday in Traverse City) will be canceled because of the lockout.
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