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NHL Lockout Day 6: Players May Be Trading In Steak & Potatoes For Swedish Meatballs

There are many lifestyle changes that a hockey player who was locked out in North America must adapt to when they move to Europe. One of those lifestyle changes is what they’re going to be eating, not that they could not get steak and potatoes in Europe, the temperature that taste better here in North America. Whether you like steak and potatoes or not, there is something to be said for a nice bowl of Swedish meatballs and not the players look like they may be feasting on if they decide to move to the Swedish elite league known as Elitserien, as that league is now not just providing hockey to watch for those eating Swedish meatballs, but it is now also open for business for players who need a job.

Antitrust laws and continuing battles between owners and players have dictated that the Swedish Elite League can now open its doors to NHL players that are locked out. This gives the players a much-needed third option in terms of places to go besides Russia and Switzerland. Besides the fact that it’s another place to play, Swedish leagues are widely regarded as some of the best in the world and they will allow NHL players to play against professionals that are on the same level that they are on and perhaps avoid playing in the AHL, even though I’m sure some players think it would be pretty sweet to dominate the minor leagues for a year the way Jason Spezza did the last time there was a lockout.

I can’t sit here and lie to you, I subscribe to some of the sports world’s leading RSS feeds and it’s only around noontime on day six so there isn’t that much more news to report. Let’s face it though once most of the players are signed overseas as long as there isn’t a deal there won’t really be much news besides boring labor talk anyway.

From my experience whenever a particular sport or game is lacking interest, nothing spices things up like word of a scandal or a sports bet. I’m not one for tabloid journalism but I’m curious to see what you fans out there think about when the lockout will actually end. My guess is that it will end sometime at the end of November and the NHL will still play the shortened season (if they are smart that is), maybe that is more of a hope than a guess.

So…when do you think the NHL lockout is going to end?

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