Laraque in no rush

KATE DUBINSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Edmonton Oiler Georges Laraque says he won't play in the AHL unless the NHL season is cancelled - and any move is backed by the players' union.

"The only way I would go is if everybody was doing it and it wasn't against the (Players Association)," Laraque said.

"Is everybody going to go? No. So I'm not going. I'm not considering it."

Other players, like Raffi Torres - who agreed to an AHL deal Sunday - have every right to do what's best for them, Laraque said.

"He's only been a player for one year. He does it for himself. It would be a totally different scenario if I did it," he said.

The Oilers tough guy also said he won't play in Europe because former goalie Corey Hirsch's comments about players losing their jobs to locked-out NHL stars struck a chord with him.

Some NHL players need the money, and others have jumped at the chance to play in front of their families in Europe, Laraque said.

"It's up to them what they do. They should do what's right for them."


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