Sharks center Joe Thornton will be playing back hockey in Switzerland soon and teammate Logan Couture may be heading in the same direction.

Thornton, who met his wife while playing for Davos during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, confirmed Monday that it was the logical move to go back with her and their daughter while the league sorts out its labor problems.

"It sucks leaving here, but I've still got to play," Thornton said, indicating he likely would be heading to Europe by the end of the week.

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