Taylor Hall eyes Europe during possible lockout
With the current NHL CBA set to expire on September 15, the idea of a lockout for the 2012-13 season is becoming a reality for many players.
Like the lockout of 2004-05, multiple players are seeking opportunities to play in Europe. Add Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall to that list, according to the Edmonton Sun.
"I'd want to go to Europe," Hall said. "I saw that Sweden is not letting players come for a short amount of time, but there are leagues that are going to accept NHL players."
The only difference between Hall and the other players exploring Europe as an option is that Hall is in no rush to make a decision. The 20-year-old recently returned to skating following a serious shoulder surgery that ended his 2011-12 campaign prematurely.
"With my shoulder situation it's going to take me a little more time to figure out what I want to do," Hall said. "A three-week delay in the season isn't going to hurt me as much as it hurts other guys, so I'll probably be one of the last guys to pick where I want to play."
Hall recorded 27 goals and 26 assists in 61 games last season.