As the NHL lockout continues, the entire hockey world waits to see if anything comes of the last spate of meetings the league had with the NHLPA. Optimism is beginning to fade with each passing day. So would certain players finally signing to play overseas put more pressure on both sides to reach a deal?
Most players with the intent of going to Europe or Russia while this whole ordeal continues have already done so.
The likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Rick Nash have all "jumped ship" since the lockout was announced on September 15, even though most of these leagues can't pay these players like the NHL can.
However, they're also not attracting so many stars by offering them chump change.
Let's take a look at three players who've yet to take their services elsewhere, but may reconsider if there's no agreement in the next few days.