February 9, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) and defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) celebrate win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Flyers defeated the Maple Leafs, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Flyers Making Moves Overseas?

While the NHL and the Players Association continue to work to get a labor deal completed, some members of the Flyers organization are strongly considering a move overseas in case of a lockout.

According to Teemu H. (@euroflyers) (who spoke with the team’s GM), Scott Hartnell is considering a move to join KalPa, a team based out of Kuopio, Finland. Hartsy, who recently signed a six year extension with the Flyers, is part owner of KalPa, so a move there during an impending lockout would make plenty of sense. The team plays in the Sm-Iiiga, the top hockey league in Finland. Notable members of the Finnish squad founded in 1929 are former Flyer and also co-owner Sami Kapanen, and Jussi Timonen, brother of Kimmo and one time Flyer.

When asked about the possibility of Kimmo Timonen (also the team’s co-owner), KalPa’s GM believed it would be unlikely as he is still recovering from offseason back surgery.

Teemu has also learned that former Flyer Oskars Bartulis has signed a one year deal HC Donbass based out of Ukraine, and is the only Ukrainian team in the KHL. The deal is pending a physical.



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