Clearly, Anaheim Duck Bobby Ryan will not be appearing on the list, in the wake of his recent, somewhat-boneheaded comments (via tsn.ca):
“I’m going to continue to skate with the guys. I think it’s important to stay here and be part of the solution and not just run from it… I’m going to handle things the way I think things should be handled.”
Obviously, Ryan’s comments (for which he's apologized) don’t reflect the thoughts and opinions of all National Hockey League Players’ Association members, with well over 100 current NHLers playing overseas as of the writing of this article.
With the league opting to cancel two weeks’ worth of games, many more might follow their lead as it becomes clear the NHL is prepared to see this thing through. Of course, the loss of two weeks’ pay won’t be what sparks a mass exodus. It will be the mindset that two weeks can suddenly turn into a month, then two, and so on and so forth.
The season was supposed to start this coming Thursday, and it now won’t. This work stoppage is about to get more real for a lot more people and nothing hits closer to home like a missed paycheck. With that said, here are the six players most likely to now sign in Europe: