Following in Roman Josi's footsteps, the next Nashville Predator is heading overseas during NHL Lockout 2012, as Patric Hornqvist will reportedly play with Djurgarden, the team he played for before coming to North America. Djurgarden is currently in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan, having been relegated last spring from the Swedish Elite League after a 35-year run.
HockeyExpressen.se brings the news:
Later on Thursday came the news that Douglas Murray and Patrick Hörnquist - and possibly Gabriel Country Forest - connects to Djurgården.
--- HockeyExpressen.se, as translated by Google
Swedish Radio projects that he (along with Douglas Murray) could suit up for Djurgarden as soon as next weekend, once they get player insurance issues straightened out:
They have said that they would like to come home and play, and if we resolve the insurance issue they play for free. So that as soon as we get all the paper they should be available, says coach and sports director Challe Berglund.
- At best they can be by next weekend.
It will cost the players' insurance, but since both are on the final season of his NHL contract, the cost is not sky high. The Corner Qvist cases it is more than 70 000 and the Murrays about 50 000 per month, according to TT.
--- Sverigesradio.se (as translated by Google)
A Swedish krona is worth about 15 US cents, so 70,000 kronor/month converts to roughly $10,000.
This follows a ruling this morning overturning an initial decision to ban Swedish clubs from bringing NHL players over on short-term contracts during the lockout. Sweden's Competition Authority declared that this amounted to a cartel-like form of anti-competitive behavior, and that individual teams must be allowed to make their own call on whether to hire NHL players (for more interpretation, check out the Twitter feed of Matias Strozyk of Elite Prospects).
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Expect a rush of announcements regarding players heading to Sweden over the next few days..