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It was smooth sailing for Chris Phillips when he went to Gävle, Sweden, to play for Brynas during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. The team helped him find an apartment, he and his wife Erin went to Ikea (where else?) to furnish it, and former Ottawa teammate Andreas Dackell, who was born and raised in Gävle and was back with Brynas after an eight-year NHL career, introduced the Phillips to his wide circle of friends.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A little bit of Scandinavia has moved into the southern tier of New York State. Everywhere you look around the Binghamton Senators dressing room, there’s a young Swedish hockey star. At almost every position. Jakob Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad and Andre Petersson are on the wings. The defence includes Fredrik Claesson. Robin Lehner [...]

Erik Karlsson isn’t heading home to Sweden after all. After revealing last week he planned to spend the NHL lockout playing for former squad Frolunda, the Senators’ star defenceman was instead scooped up by Helsinki-based Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga) Wednesday.