NHL: Coaches Tell Players To Prepare For Return

According to a hasty Google translate of the Crimmitschau press release, Stewart returned to Canada because he was one of the players that “received from their managers to call for a return to North America and to prepare for an early start to the season may soon.”

Two more locked-out NHLers parted ways with their European clubs on Wednesday.The first was Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas, who opted not to extend his contract with Finnish team HIFK Helsinki.

The second player to return home was St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart, who left German second division club Crimmitschau.

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