May 13, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) looks on during game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Next Two Defectors

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We haven’t even seen Michael Rozsival in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, but due to the lockout he will be wearing another jersey before he puts the best jersey in all of sports over his head.  Rozsival signed with Pizen of the Czech Extraliga league yesterday, he inked a one month deal.

This is the same league different team that Michael Frolik signed with earlier this week.  Both Rozsival and Frolik are from the Czech Republic.

Viktor Stalberg is reportedly practicing with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League but hasn’t signed with them yet.  There has been talk since the lockout began that Stalberg would be one of the Blackhawks that would most certainly be playing in Europe.

The rest of the Blackhawks for the time being are not planning on signing anywhere specifically Europe until it is determined how lengthy the lockout will last.  I guess it’s back to open skate and player organized practices for the Hawks in and around Chicago while Donald Fehr holds their collective fates in his hand.

The October pre-season games will be the next casualty in the path of the storm that is the NHL lockout.  The real test of the resolve of the owners will be when the Winter Classic cancellation is discussed. Part of the new fans and viewership the NHL has enjoyed has to be directly tied into the success of this event along with the exciting Stanley Cup champions the past 3 seasons.

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