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Patrick Kane has European options to consider

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A day doesn't go by during the lockout where an NHL player doesn't sign overseas. But Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane won't be joining the growing list of NHLers in Europe anytime soon.

Kane said Friday after an informal practice at Johnny's IceHouse West that he and his agent, Pat Brisson, have discussed options in Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Many NHLers, including standouts Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Rick Nash, Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin and Anze Kopitar, are already in Europe, practicing and playing for teams.

Sweden's Competition Authority also ruled Friday that the country's elite league's decision to ban NHL players from playing unless they agree to a full-season contract was illegal.

There are plenty of options, but Kane is remaining patient.

"Nothing is really go, go, go right now," Kane said. "It's wait and see."

Kane has had plenty of positive things to say about his experiences in Russia in the past. But the Hawks star doesn't prefer one country over others.

"I hear Russia (with the Kontinental Hockey League) is probably the best league, but it doesn't really matter," Kane said. "There is really no preference. I just want to make sure it's the right situation. I don't think you'd be going over there to make big bucks or anything like that. You're just going over to play hockey."

Kane also said it would be fun to play with Jonathan Toews, who also is open to playing overseas, in Europe.

"It would be great to play with him," Kane said. "I don't know if that's really any option right now. It seems like this week and the next upcoming days, there is going to be a little more talk about the possibilities, if we do want to go overseas.

"But at the same time, you want to be here in Chicago, you want to be playing for the Blackhawks. This is where we all want to be playing with each other. But if it comes to that option, it would be great to play with him for sure."

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