One obscure argument to ending the lockout is that Freeway Faceoff is much more alliterative and marketable than Swedish National Road 70 Faceoff.
But until that agreement is reached, the greatest collection of premier in-season Southern California hockey talent can be found when Mora IK matches up against Sodertalje SK in Swedens second-tier Hockey Allsvenskan, which has emerged as a popular stopping ground for locked-out NHL stars.
On Tuesday, Cam Fowlers Sodertalje club traveled four hours north on a national road to Dalarna County and FM Mattsson Arena before emerging as 3-2 winners over Mora IK, the club of Anaheim Ducks teammate Bobby Ryan and Los Angeles Kings rival Anze Kopitar.
It was a Sodertalje win that came with a price, at least for one defenseman.
I wired a wristshot off his foot, so hes a little unhappy with me, Ryan said of Fowler. Ive got to go apologize.
One subject that needs no apology is Ryans level of play since joining Mora. The right wing coming off a f...