What's the hottest trend among some NHL players right now? Not playing in the NHL.
This offseason, several players of varying name recognition have decided to take their show on the road---the long road across the Atlantic to Europe, that is.
For the most part it's been players nobody seems to want, like Alexei Yashin and Ed Belfour, guys with no takers during the free agent signing period.
But also on the list of defectors is Alexander Svitov, the young Russian center who recently signed a new two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Apparently the word "contract" has a slightly different meaning in his language, because Svitov has also just signed on to play for his hometown Russian Super League team Avangard Omsk. Either he's going to have the most intense travel itinerary known to man or the Blue Jackets are going to have to find themselves a new center.
New Jackets GM Scott Howson reacted by saying:
"While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month."
Yeah, the opportunity to play on a lousy team with no hope of making the playoffs EVER. Thanks, Alex!