NHL players consider playing overseas

The Sports Xchange

With labor negotiations scheduled to resume in New York on Tuesday, NHL players are beginning to look at playing overseas should a lockout delay the start of the season.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has agreed to play for club Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the event ofa lockout, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, while Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis told the Tampa Bay Times that he will play in Europe if there is a prolonged lockout. Malkin's agent said he would be on a week-to-week agreement should he play overseas.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and NHLPA outside counsel Steve Fehr were scheduled to be at the Tuesday negotiating session.

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