The Canadian Press is reporting that the National Hockey League. as rumored and expected, will once again return to Europe to play regular season games at the start of the 2008-2009 season.  Instead of just having two teams like they did with Anaheim and Los Angeles, the NHL will send four teams to Europe.

The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will play two games in Prague, Czech Republic while the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will play a pair of games in Stockholm, Sweden.  The report said that the four teams will play some pre-season games in Europe as well.  However, the report did not say if the teams will be playing each other, European teams or a combination of both.

Given the fact that Jaromir Jagr, Michal Rozsival, Martin Straka, and yes even Marek Malik are all Unrestricted Free Agents, the NHL is taking a bit of gamble sending the Rangers to Prague given the fact that Henrik Lundqvist would be a big draw in Sweden.  One has to wonder if the NHL has a little “inside information as to the makeup of the 2008-2009 Rangers.

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