Preds winger to Finns; Sabres center goes Swiss

Updated: October 12, 2004, 9:03 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Nashville Predators right wing Adam Hall and Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly signed with European teams, making it 200 NHL players who have headed overseas during the lockout.

Tim Connolly

Adam Hall

Hall, signed with the Finnish second-division team KalPa. Hall had 13 goals and 14 assists in 79 games for the Predators last season.

Connolly is playing for the Swiss club Langnau. He missed the entire 2003-04 season because of a head injury during an exhibition game a year ago. Connolly, the fifth overall pick in the 1999 entry draft, had 12 goals and 13 assists in 80 games the previous season.

Dallas Stars minor-leaguer Mike Siklenka signed with the Austrian club team Klagenfurt. The winger had a combined four goals and 11 assists with AHL clubs in Philadelphia and Utah last season.

About 25 percent of the NHL's 700 players have gone to Europe to play during the lockout. Most of these players have lockout clauses that permit them to return to North America if and when the labor dispute ends.

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