It seems that while many players are headed to the European leagues to stay fit and keep up their competitive routines, the Detroit Red Wings players have been more comfortable staying in Michigan and biding their time. The highest profile player to head overseas so far has been Pavel Datsyuk, playing for Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Other players, such as Nik Kronwall, and Jimmy Howard, have put their transfer to Europe on hold in the hopes that there will be a solution to the NHL lockout situation sooner than later.
In the beginning of October Red Wings fans should be enjoying games and watching the young talent mix with the veterans as the coach and managerial staff decide who will stay in the NHL and who still needs some more time to develop. Instead Detroit fans are simply waiting around as time ticks away and more NHL talent commits to lockout deals abroad. The more talent that heads out of the country, the more nervous fans will become (and rightfully so) about the chance that an entire season could be lost.
As of now, Hockeytown still has hope that Red Wings will take to the ice this year and maybe even more importantly take part in the Winter Classic that was scheduled between Original Six rivals Detroit and Toronto. Red Wing Daniel Cleary has voiced his concern about the entire season being lost due to the labor talks and with it the wonderful event that is the Winter Classic. It is hoped that will not be the case.