NHL Lockout: Why Playing Overseas During the Stoppage Is Beneficial to Players

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NHL Lockout: Why Playing Overseas During the Stoppage Is Beneficial to Players
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The NHL lockout has forced the top players from the league to seek asylum elsewhere for the season.  As players have begun to sign and play all over the world their NHL clubs have been filled with worries about the safety of their players.  

While teams constantly worry about the safety of their stars overseas, they should ease their worrying, because in the long run, playing overseas is only beneficial to those who elect to go down that road. For the players, playing overseas provides them an opportunity to keep playing the game they love while improving.  

Despite what fans and members of the media are saying, playing overseas can be beneficial for NHL players. Young stars and wily veterans both can gain many things from playing overseas. 

For some players it's a chance to go home. For others, it's a chance to spend time in a new part of the world, to explore the globe.

Here's a look at four reasons why playing overseas is beneficial to those NHL players who decide to do so.  

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