Ich Bin Ein Berliner

May 1, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) gets ready for a face-off against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Flyers superstars Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere have decided to take their respective talents to Germany for the duration of the current NHL lockout. The Philadelphia tandem drew interest from numerous European clubs, but ultimately decided to join Eisbaren Berlin, the DEL’s perennial powerhouse. Both stars now join Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, and Jason Spezza among others who have left North America for European clubs.

Giroux and Briere’s decision to play overseas should definitely worry hockey fans. With more and more stars leaving with each passing day, the state of negotiations is becoming clear to the public; talks have stalled and the players are losing hope. Unfortunately, hockey fans should start preparing for a long, hockey-less winter if this current trend continues.

Topics: Claude Giroux, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers

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