Markus Naslund could use a couple of centres to replace the injured Samme Pahlsson (Achilles rupture) and Mattias Ritola (collarbone), but at least the manager of Modo in the Swedish Elite League is reportedly finalizing contracts for winger Alex Steen and defenceman Tobias Enstrom.
With the SEL’s first division forced to ease restrictions on imports in an anti-trust ruling Friday that would have resulted in a $3 million fine — it wanted rental players to commit to a full year during the NHL lockout — it could open the door for Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks to be re-united with Naslund, their former teammate and lineman. But the Sedins’ stance hasn’t changed. Not yet.
“No, it hasn’t so far,” Henrik said Monday. “We’re going to wait and see and we don’t know how teams are going to do back there anyways. They might say no. For us, it doesn’t change. If it [lockout] drags on and looks like it’s going to be the full year, then we’ll make a decision. Markus knew our position before they said no to players. But with Steen and Enstrom they should get better.”