185 NHLers in Europe

, Last Updated: 3:10 PM ET

(CP) - The exodus to Europe continued with five more NHL players agreeing to deals Saturday, bringing the count to 185 in total.

Sergei Zholtok of the Nashville Predators and Darby Hendrickson of the Colorado Avalanche joined Riga 2000 in Latvia, Duvie Westcott of the Columbus Blue Jackets signed with Jyvaskyla in Finland,

Lasse Pirjeta of the Pittsburgh Penguins will skate with HIFK Helsinki in Finland and Radovan Somik of the Philadelphia Flyers joined Martin in Slovakia.

The majority of the NHLers in Europe have lockout clauses which permit them to return to North American if the NHL labour dispute ends in time to salvage a season.


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