Like the NBA last summer, the NHL is engaged in a contentious labor battle this summer, and there seems to be a real possibility that the entire season could be lost just like the NHL lockout of 2004.
If that is the case, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has expressed a desire to play for Frölunda of the Swedish Elite League according to the Twitter account of Matias Strozyk, who covers the league:
Henrik Lundqvist told Expressen that he'll stay in NA for the fall. If lockout cancels the whole season, he wants to play for Frölunda.— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) August 29, 2012
The problem with Lundqvist making a move like this is the Swedish Elite League won't allow players to sign short-term lockout contracts. If they come, it's for the full season. This is similar to when several NBA players elected to compete in China due to the lockout and were forced to sign contracts for the entire season.