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09-23-2012, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Liberation View Post

Though it was funny because some guys were impatient and signed in Swe-2.
They weren't "impatient". Hockey Allsvenskan was their first choice.

Berglund signed with the HA club he played in before playing in the NHL. Kopitar chose the Allsvenskan club in which his brother is playing.

The Swedish players seem to be very loyal to their home clubs, and those players who came from SEL clubs are waiting, with various degrees of patience, to see if they can return to those clubs.

Also, note that unlike NHL players who sign for substantial pay in the KHL, Swedes who sign with their home clubs (or anywhere in Sweden) will most probably have to play for free and also pay at least some of the cost of the expensive insurance on their contract (unless the club can find a sponsor to pay for it like Berglund's club did for him). There are also tax consequences for the player.

Any Swedish NHL player with a large, multi-year contract like Backstrom's will likely have to pay (insurance and taxes) for the privilege of playing with his home club. Thus they will lose even more money in addition to the NHL paychecks lost during the lockout.

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