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NHL Lockout 2012: Michal Neuvirth Says He Could Play In Europe In Event Of Work Stoppage

If a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by the NHL and its players and a lockout occurs, Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth might take his talents to Europe. That's what the backup recently told the Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

Neuvirth's decision is not official, but the 24-year-old said he does have options if the league and its player continue to stalemate on a new deal.

"Obviously, I have a plan B," Neuvirth said after an on-ice workout at KCI Thursday. "I got a few offers from Europe but I haven’t decided. I still want to play here the whole season."

Neuvirth admitted waiting around for something to happen is difficult.

"It’s a tough situation and we all don’t know what to do," Neuvirth said. "We’ve got to wait, and like I said to the teams I’ve talked to, I’m going to wait to the 15th then I’m going to decide what I’m going to do."

Last season, Neuvirth played in 38 games for the Capitals, compiling a 13-13 record with a 2.82 goals against average.

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