Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp among Blackhawks considering overseas options during NHL lockout

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith are all considering their playing options as the NHL lockout drags on.

Several Chicago Blackhawks are considering going overseas to play hockey as the NHL lockout continues. Talks between the NHL and NHLPA have not yielded promising results and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith have begun to consider their options.

All three players have said they don't plan on leaving soon, as they want to wait and see what happens with the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. All three seemed content to wait until if there is any major news with the lockout which reached its 60th day on Wednesday. After long talks last week between the two sides, things have stalled and no future meetings are scheduled.

Sharp is looking to play in Switzerland when he eventually goes overseas, while both Toews and Keith did not indicate a preferred country. Current Blackhawks players overseas include Bryan Bickell (Austria), Michael Frolik (Czech Republic), Patrick Kane (Switzerland), Michal Rozsival (Czech Republic), and Viktor Stalberg (Switzerland).

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