posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 01:20 PM
NHL MVP Martin St. Louis of Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay signed with a Swiss club Friday, one day after teammate Vincent Lecavalier joined a Russian
Since the lockout began, nearly 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 (9 goals, 15 assists) in 23 games to lead the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship.
Lausanne, last in the First Division, includes ex-Montreal Canadiens forwards Eric Landry and Andrei Bashkirov and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman
Lecavalier signed with Russia's AK Bars Kazan, and fellow Lightning forward Brad Richards was expected to join him there.
[Edited on 11/7/2004 by Ben]