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.