Duchene not eyeing Europe just yet TheFourthPeriod.com
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been approached by a few teams in the Norwegian hockey league, but the Denver Post reports he is not the only Colorado player taking his time about playing overseas.
Avs forward Matt Duchene, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract this summer, is not considering playing in Europe unless the lockout drags on and the entire season is lost due to the work stoppage.
Duchene, 21, and several teammates are expected to stick to their off-season routines and work out in Denver.
Avs defenseman Jan Hejda prefers to wait until November before making plans to play elsewhere, while forward Paul Stastny is believed to be looking into the possibility to play in Germany with his brother Yan, if the lockout is extensive.
Close to 350 players played overseas in the 2004-05 lockout and more than 30 players have already sign contracts to play in Europe on Day 3 of the lockout, including Joe Thornton, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jaromir Jagr, Rick Nash and several others.