NHLers welcome in Sweden, rules country’s competition authority

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NHL players must be allowed to play in the Swedish Elite League during a lockout, the country’s Competition Authority has ruled.

The ruling comes weeks after the league decided to ban locked-out NHLers, a decision that led to grumbling from a number of individual teams over the missed opportunity to sign Swedish superstars like Henrik Lundqvist and the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.

The Competition Authority likened the league’s ban on NHL players to a cartel.

It’s not clear whether this is the end of it, or if the league could appeal the anti-trust ruling.

The Sedin twins have said they won’t be returning to their old club, Modo, unless it looks like the NHL season will be canceled.