For NHL stars, if the lockout continues much longer, they will be forced to seek employment elsewhere.
Fortunately for them, there are a number of quality leagues in Europe that would love to have them, and many would be suitable landing spots for some of the world's best players.
With all due respect to the Swedish, Finnish and Swiss leagues, the KHL is widely considered to be the best league outside of North America, but due to strict limitations on import players, there are only so many roster spots available for foreign-born NHLers.
However, for the top players in the game, that won't matter, as every KHL team would jump at the opportunity to grab a top-flight North American player, and would pay handsomely to do so.
Here are a few of the best available players who could cash in on lucrative short-term deals in the KHL.