Of course, Ovechkin isn't the only NHL star that will be well compensated for playing hockey while his League back in North America locks him out. According to Elite Prospects, roughly 35 players have committed to overseas gigs with scores more rumored to be in negotiations.

One of those players is Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues, who will play for Västerås of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan league — and play for free.

I love these guys.

I hope the NHL gets their act together soon.