On Friday, Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais became the latest Hab to acknowledge the National Hockey League lockout of its players could very well last longer than first anticipated.
Now, he’s off to Europe, presumably to visit the Louvre, eat the finest chocolate known to man (potentially in the form of the greatest brownies known to man) and, maybe, just maybe, if he’s up to the challenge, conquer Mount Everest.
Granted, it might take the 5’7” center a little more time than most, but, God knows, he’ll likely have all the time he can handle.
Faced with the reality of the situation at hand, he joins, of course, eight other Habs (including Max Pacioretty and Tomas Kaberle, who have returned to North America), over 160 total fellow NHLers and just about every hockey fan who was around eight years ago to witness firsthand NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners he represents trying to fit a round puck into a square peg.
Desharnais has yet to play a game for HC Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland, but other Habs have actually had a chance to establish themselves, making some fans wonder if it’s actually simpler to move there to get their hockey fix.
It might amount to a five-to-eight-year wait each time, but, considering North American hockey’s track record, it’s at least guaranteed.
Here are the top five Habs absolutely crushing it overseas during the NHL lockout: