Zetterberg – Some players will most likely stay in Russia

Zetterberg will be back when the lockout ends, but he’s not sure if some others playing in Europe will return this season.

“I know for a fact Russians will probably stay,” Zetterberg said. “I can’t blame them either. The Russian league treats players a different way. For them to play in their home country and not have these (labor) disputes every other year … and they honor the contracts over there. If you sign a deal, that’s the deal you get.”

Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is playing for CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. His agent, Gary Greenstin, said Datsyuk will return to Detroit once the lockout ends.

With no apparent progress being made in sporadic talks between the NHL and NHL Players Association, no settlement appears in sight.

“There’s always a chance for that (cancellation of the season),” Zetterberg said. “It’s not our decision whether to play games. We were willing to play under the old CBA while they figured out the new one, but the league didn’t want to do that.

“If they don’t want to have us here playing, we just got to look for some other places to play.”



5 Responses to Zetterberg – Some players will most likely stay in Russia

  1. ZillyHoo says:

    I wonder which players would actually stay in Europe

    • mojo19 says:

      Probably none. Maybe 1 or 2 Russians, but no one like Datsyuk or Malkin, if anything it will be like Andrei Kostitsyn or something.

      Zetterberg doesn’t even believe what he’s saying, this is all scare tactics, just putting heat on the owners.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Agreed, I don’t think any one of great signifigence stays. However if they do, WHO CARES!!!! They are blessed to make a very good living playing a game they love. Short carrer or not, suck it up princesses

    • mojo19 says:

      That’s my thinking.

      “You’re earning $4 million”
      “But I want FIVE!”

      Sounds very childish.

      As for Kris Barch (for example) earning $600K, and worried that suggestive 7% rollbacks will dwindle his salary down to a measly $558K… Dear God, how are his kids going to eat?

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