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Doug Pensinger

One player might be in trouble for leaving his European team.

The EC Red Bull Salzburg hockey club is seeking legal advice after Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard became the latest NHL player to leave the Austrian team.

The 25-year-old joined the team in November and had four goals and one assist in six games for Red Bull.

The club said on its website on Wednesday that Brassard had assured them last week he would stay.

“Red Bull will be notifying the IIHF of the player’s breach of contract and will seek legal advice,” the club statement said.

Does the NHL have a shot in the courts?

So the NHL lockout is headed to court.

And the way things are playing out, the NHLPA will likely soon match the league with their own competing lawsuit in another state.

While this all seems extreme, these types of proceedings aren’t exactly new in pro sports – in fact, two other major North American leagues in the NFL and NBA went through similar court battles last year during their own lockouts – but the case law here is pretty fresh and the outcomes remain relatively uncertain.

The Canadian Prime Minister is sad about the lockout... so NHL - NHLPA let's make a deal, ok?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he’s saddened by the lockout that has paralyzed the NHL.

In an interview with French broadcaster TVA, Harper says he’s finding some consolation by turning his attention to the world junior hockey championship that starts later this month in Russia.

Harper says he finds the NHL’s labour dispute sad for the players who’ve worked hard since childhood to get to where they are. But he adds he also feels bad for the team owners, who he says hold the positions they do because of their love for the sport.