With the NHLPA and NHL seeming to have reached a stalemate when it comes to the terms of agreement for the upcoming 2012-2013 NHL season, the players themselves are taking their talents overseas as they try to stay in “game shape”. An abundance of fans have been wondering where the players have gone to maintain their skill, stamina, and overall hockey sense; with the loss of already 326 regular season games through November 30th, many players crossed the Atlantic in order to stay on the ice.
The answer to the question (that we wish we didn’t have to ask), has a variety of different responses, but primarily players have tended to sign contracts in the European leagues for the time being. The level of competitiveness in these leagues varies with the league and team that a player signs with. Now although most players have flocked to the European circuit, there is a significant amount of young players that are still eligible to play for their NHL affiliated team in the AHL.