The number of Capitals playing professionally in other leagues reached five over the weekend when forward Wojtek Wolski signed to play with Ciarko PBS Bank KH Sanok of the Polish League.
I am extremely excited that I'll be able to play in this country, Wolski told the teams Polish website. I decided not to play for the money. It's about maintaining the form and get a new experience.
Wolski, 26, was born in Zabrze, Poland in 1986 but left there with his family at the age of 3 and grew up in Toronto. He played for the Panthers, Rangers, Coyotes and Avalanche before signing a one-year, 600,000 contract with the Capitals over the summer.
I am very excited to performances in Poland, Wolski told the teams website. I'm worried only about their language. I also know very little about Sanok, I have to catch up. I also have to get used to skating rinks. Canada has the best in the world; I hope that Poland will be as well.
Other Capitals who have made the jump to professional leagues are Alex Ovechkin KHL, Michal Neuvirth Czech League, Brooks Laich Swiss League and Joey Crabb ECHL.
Ovechkin has six points in his first six games for Dynamo and Caps fans desperate to see him in action can do on Tuesday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and its online product ESPN3. The game between Dynamo and Lev will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. and re-broadcast at 8 p.m. Steve Levy and Barry Melrose are slated to call the game, in English of course.
Players are somewhat mixed on their feelings about their union members playing overseas. Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan told the Camden N.J. Courier-Post that he would not sign a contract to play elsewhere during the lockout.
I think it's important to stay here in the United States and be part of the solution, Ryan said, and not just run from it.