As of Friday morning, there were nearly 60 NHL players that have signed with teams overseas as their owners lock them out in North America.

Many have chosen the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, where Alex Ovechkin made a rousing debut yesterday. Switzerland has also been a popular choice for players like Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin and Logan Couture (who, we imagine, just wanted the honor to play with Rico Fata).

That number should increase rather quickly, however, with Friday's anti-trust ruling by the Swedish Competition Authority that the Elitserien (a.k.a. Swedish Elite League) must allow its teams to sign NHL players to short-term contracts or else face a 20 million krona ($3.095 million US) fine.


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