MVP signs with Lausanne
Since the lockout began, almost 250 NHL players have joined European teams, about one-third of the league.
St. Louis signed with Lausanne of the Swiss league for the rest of the season -- although his contract allows him to return to the Lightning if the NHL lockout ends. He is to arrive in Switzerland with his family next week and plans to play his first game Nov. 20 against HC Lugano.
The forward won the Hart (MVP) and Art Ross (points leader) trophies last season after recording 38 goals and 56 points in 82 games. He added 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 23 games to lead the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship.
Lecavalier signed with Russia's AK Bars Kazan, and fellow Lightning forward Brad Richards was expected to join him there.
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