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Canucks star staying in Vancouver

9/24/2004

Canucks captain Markus Naslund changed his mind about playing
for a Swedish club during the NHL lockout and will return to
Vancouver to train with teammates.

The forward had been set to play for MoDo. Among the
teammates he will be joining in Vancouver is Mattias Ohlund.

Ottawa Senators stars Zdeno Chara and Martin Havlat were among
seven NHL players to join European clubs Friday. There are 167 NHL
players in Europe, according to the International Ice Hockey
Federation.

Most of the NHL players in Europe have lockout clauses that
permit them to return to North America when the impasse ends.

Chara, a Norris Trophy finalist last season, joined the Swedish club Farjestad, which on Thursday also signed defenseman Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens. Havlat, a speedy wing, joined Znojmo of the Czech league.

Other signings Friday included four defensemen -- Brett McLean of
Colorado (Malmo in Sweden), Nick Schultz of Minnesota (Kassel in
Germany), Andy Sutton of Atlanta (GCK in Switzerland) and Sami Salo
of Vancouver (Frolunda in Sweden) -- and forward Jarkko Ruutu of
Vancouver (IFK Helsinki in Finland).