Back in September, St. Louis Blues forward Alex Steen became the first locked-out NHLer to join the Swedish Elite League. Now he’s out for a minimum of three weeks because of a thigh injury, according to Jatkoaika and Elite Prospects’ Matias Strozyk.
Prior to the injury, Steen was excelling with Modo. As of Friday, he’s tied for the team lead with 14 points in 15 games.
The union warned players that those injured can be suspended without pay by their NHL team once the lockout ends until they are fit to play. It’s for that reason that the NHLPA recommended that players insure their contracts.
It’s worth adding that the NHL has already canceled games through November, so even if the union and league agree to a new CBA in the near future, Steen might still be available for the start of the 2012-13 campaign.