Several of the game's top names are heading overseas during the lockout, and that can't be a good sign for the NHL.
The big warning sign for Michael Felger was that these players didn't wait around to leave. They didn't see if the lockout reached a quick resolution. They bolted the second the lockout became official.
The bigger question is, will the players return when the lockout eventually ends, or will they finish out the year in their new respective leagues?