St. Louis, Stamkos To Play In Europe?

Nov 14, 2011; Winnipeg, MB, CANADA; Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St Louis (26) and Steven Stamkos (91) skate towards the puck during the 3rd period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Center. Winnipeg wins 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

With September 15th approaching fast, the NHL and NHLPA have yet to agree on a new CBA.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has already stated that he would lock out the players if a deal is not reached between the two parties.

With that in mind, NHL skaters are already looking at other options to be able to skate and not sit.  The latest two to join the frey, Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.

In an interview with Tampa Bay Time’s Damian Cristodero, St. Louis had this to say:

 

“With my age, you want to keep playing.  I don’t want to take a year off. If the NHL wants to shut us down, we’ll go play somewhere else.”

 

Stamkos followed up the sentiment of playing elsewhere in a text message:

 

“Definitely thought about it if there is an extended lockout.”

 

St. Louis and Stamkos join other league stars, such as Pittsburgh’s Malkin, in looking across the pond to continue to play if the NHL and NHLPA are unable to reach in agreement.

Bettman and the NHL tabled another offer to the NHLPA during their talks today, however the details have yet been made available.  Considering the gap between the two sides, I foresee many more players making their intentions known to skate elsewhere during the next year.

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- Jim Courteau

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Topics: Martin St Louis, NHL Lockout, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

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