Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 10/8/12

As the NHL lockout keeps on going with no end in sight, many players are making backup plans including many of them playing in Russia's top hockey league, the KHL, but Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov says that the Russian players could just stay there even after the NHL lockout is resolved. Bryzgalov is playing for CSKA Moscow this upcoming KHL season and says that the KHL offers top dollar contracts and a chance for Russian players to play at home and be close to their families. "I think some of the players may not return to the NHL because you have everything here and major companies are going to pay the top players here big money. And, especially for Russians players who can play at home in front of their own fans and families and [earn] even bigger money than they have in the National Hockey League," said Bryzgalov. The KHL has been a major threat to the NHL since its inception in 2008 and it appears as more and more NHL players are becoming disillusioned with owners and commissioner Bettman. Bryzgalov went on to say, "The KHL can't feed all the players, but for some big players - especially those with Russian passports - it might be a threat."

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