Found September 17, 2012 on
Pro Sports Daily:
San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton told ESPN.com that he plans to play in Switzerland as the NHL lockout continues Monday. Thornton will return to HC Davos, the same club he played for during the 2004-05 work stoppage. Thornton has a home in Switzerland. Logan Couture, the Sharks' only All-Star from last season, is close to signing with Geneva in the Swiss League, according to NHL Home Ice. Couture scored 31 goals for the Sharks last season.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Eight years ago, during the previous NHL lockout, Joe Thornton enjoyed playing in Davos, Switzerland -- heck, he met his wife there -- and it should surprise no one that he’s headed there again.
"Yes, just because my wife is from there, she has a home there, we go there five weeks in the summer to see her family and I actually train...
As we're all aware, the third NHL lockout in 18 years has begun and so has the battle for our sympathies. The Sharks released this official statement on thier site yesterday. An excerpt:
First off, please know that our fans and partners are our number one priority. Your enthusiasm and commitment to our franchise is unparalleled and something that we do not take for granted...
The lockout is now real and some New York Rangers have begun to make commitments to other teams for the 2012 season.
Already Rick Nash has inked a deal with HC Davos to reunite with Ranger hater Joe Thornton, where they both played in the last lockout.
The Fourth Period also reports that Carl Hagelin is in talks with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Div II League.
Though early reports...
It's past midnight...The NHL has locked out it's players until a deal is done...Taking the fans and all the fact that we will pay money for them to play completely for granted..
Logan Couture Tweeted out the following... "Sorry to the fans and everyone who is hurt by this. It is not our choice. We want to play the way it is."
7 Years Ago...
7 years ago...
Today's confirmed transfers as of 11 AM EDT. We will update this blog through the day:
Goaltender Niklas BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m has agreed to a contract with Dinamo Minsk
Swiss National League
Rick Nash, as expected, rejoins Joe Thornton in signing with HC Davos
Jesse Joensuu has signed with ÃssÃ¤t Pori
Patrik Berglund has signed with VÃ¤sterÃ¥s