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By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
In the past week, many players have signed contracts overseas in an effort to continue working during the ongoing lockout.
Detroit Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk signed with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, the club whose general manager is former Red Wing Sergei Federov. Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl signed with Pardubice in the Czech Republic, and off-season addition right wing Damien Brunner returned to play in Switzerland.
In the midst of that exodus of players, Detroit made the news on Saturday when NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announced that the club had been fined for comments made earlier in the week by Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor Jim Devellano in a very candid interview with Island Sports News.
In the interview heard round the hockey world, Devellano referred to the players as “cattle.” The NHL promptly fined the organization an amount rumored to be in the neighborhood of $250,000 per ...