NHL LABOUR WOES
Predators' Sergei Kostitsyn hopes lockout wipes out NHL season
Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn is hoping for the NHL lockout to last all season so that he can play the rest of the season in Russia. (Eric Bolte/QMI Agency/Files)
A lot of noise is coming out of Russia these days.
Nashville Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn on Monday told the Russian newspaper Sport Express he'd like the NHL to cancel the rest of the season as part the lockout.
"Let's put it this way -- it would be better (for the players) if the lockout continues," said Kostitsyn 25, who also called Columbus, Ohio "the gloomiest" place in the world.
"Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost -- let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season."
Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin repeated his veiled threats on the weekend to remain in the KHL even if the NHL season does resume, according to Sovietsky Sport.
"If my contract will be cut down greatly, it would be possible to annul it through the court," Ovechkin said in an interview translated by Peter Hassett.
Ovechkin said the lockout won't end anytime soon.
"If we speak in Russian, the NHL provided a beautiful dream to the media and fans, but in reality it's a lie," he said. "It's showboating. The league is trying to show that they are kind of working, trying to save the season, but they offer nothing new. It's all the same, just in different words.
"If NHL bosses keep making us such 'profitable' offers, (the lockout) will last for a long time. We're far from a compromise."