The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/21/12 at 11:47 AM ET
Updated at 1:24 PM: Jokerit made things official: Via RedWingsFeed, Finnish talboid Iltahleti is reporting that Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula is flying back to Finland from the U.S., and Ilitahleti states that Filppula will begin practicing with Jokerit Helsinki of the SM-Liiga on Saturday and Sunday. He'll presumably sign a contract with the team in short order.
Also: Aftonbladet and Expressen are reporting that the Swedish Eliteserien's been sued by an organization of agents called the Competition Authority, and while the Eliteserien is expected to keep things tied up in court for a while, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of a measure designed to end the Eliteserien's banning of its teams from signing NHL'ers to short-term contracts. This could mean that Jonathan Ericsson may sign with AIK Skelleftea over the next week or two.
[edit/update: but again, Henrik Zetterberg is not heading over to Sweden unless the lockout drags into December, and there's been no news as to Johan Franzen's playing plans, but the vast majority of the Wings' players have suggested that they're going to remain in Detroit for the present moment. This should have more of an impact for players like Jan Mursak and Cory Emmerton.]
Datsyuk will make his KHL debut against Yugra tomorrow.
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