NHL Lockout: Toronto Maple Leafs Lose Another Two Players to European Leagues

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2012

EDMONTON, CANADA - FEBRUARY 15: Joffrey Lupul #19 of theToronto Maple Leafs  of the Edmonton Oilers on February 15, 2012 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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With the NHL lockout continuing to drag on, more and more NHL players are jumping ship and heading overseas to earn a living.

With a full month and a half of games cancelled by the NHL, players know that even if the lockout ends in the next week or so, it's more likely than not that they'll still have to wait until December to start the 2012-13 season.

With that being said, another two Toronto Maple Leafs players have elected to head over to Europe to get in some kind of hockey this season.

According to The Fourth Period, Clarke MacArthur inked a deal with ETC Crimmitschau of Germany's second tier Bundesliga just last week.

He'll join fellow NHL players Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart, who are already enjoying success in Germany's second league (Simmonds has tallied 14 points in nine games, while Stewart has posted 11 in nine games as well).

Crimmitschau currently sits in seventh place in the 13-team league, six points out of first, and a comfortable eight points ahead of a relegation position.

The Fourth Period is also reporting that Bill Masterton Trophy nominee Joffrey Lupul will be packing up and heading to Russia to play with Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist of the KHL.

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Lupul will be one of just two North American players on that roster and the only notable current NHL player.

Avtomobilist currently sits dead last in the KHL standings, with just four total wins in 21 games played.

The other Leafs currently playing in the KHL while waiting for the lockout to end, are Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski.

Be sure to check back to the Leafs page here at Bleacher Report for updates on how Toronto's players are doing with their European clubs.

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