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NHL Lockout 2012: KHL Should Be Only Overseas League Sidney Crosby Considers

WASHINGTON - MAY 13:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates against Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal  Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.The Penguins defeated the Capitals 6-2 to move into the semifinals.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 29, 2012

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby should only consider signing with a KHL team if he makes the choice to play in an overseas league while the NHL lockout is ongoing.

According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, we might not have to wait much longer to find out if Crosby will play overseas this year.

Agent Pat Brisson confirms Sidney Crosby “is at a point of making a decision” about whether to play in Europe because of the NHL lockout.

— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) November 27, 2012

There would be no better way for Crosby to "get back at" the owners for not doing enough to end the lockout than by signing with a team in the NHL's rival league.

Crosby signing with a KHL team would likely make NHL commissioner Gary Bettman furious because the KHL would then become the only place to watch the face of the NHL. Any Crosby versus Alexander Ovechkin games in the KHL would be huge events and would shift the focus of the hockey world on the KHL for a few days.

It's hard to determine what kind of impact Crosby going to the KHL would have on the CBA talks between the NHL and NHLPA, but it would certainly create some more pressure on both sides to get a deal.

The other major reason why the KHL is Crosby's best option is because some of his current and former Penguins teammates are playing in that league right now.

Current Penguins star Evgeni Malkin and former teammate Sergei Gonchar have been playing together for Metallurg Magnitogorsk during the work stoppage.

For Crosby to feel comfortable in Russia, he should go to a team where he will have some friends and/or ex-teammates that he can hang out with and take advice from.

Playing alongside players who he knows would help Crosby make a smooth transition to a league far different from the NHL.

The problem with Metallurg Magnitogorsk is that they already have the league maximum of three NHL players on their roster, but if the entire 2012-13 NHL season is cancelled, maybe the KHL will consider changing this rule.

Deciding whether or not to play overseas during the lockout is a major moment in Crosby's career, and he must make sure he chooses the right team to play for if he does go to Europe.

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