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After the lockout ends, players will come back from Europe ready to play for their NHL team. European clubs will see a talent drain that is expected once a new CBA is agreed upon.
But will all the players come back to play for the NHL?
Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin was among a few players that said he would prefer to stay in the KHL (via Sporting News):
If contracts get slashed, most players won't return.
The threat could be taken either way, Ovechkin will surely make more money playing in the NHL even if contracts were slashed. Fellow countryman Ilya Kovalchuk is also among those players in the KHL that is threatening to stay if the NHLPA makes significant concessions.
Both players have a legitimate case against the NHL, their sick of the concessions made as each CBA passes.
There is a slight possibility that some NHL players will stay overseas and refuse to work for the NHL.
This could cause the NHL to ban NHL players from playing overseas or for any new contracts that are signed to include a clause that states players may not play outside of NHL or AHL during a lockout.
This most likely will not happen. but it's still something the NHL might look at in the future once the lockout ends.