Kings’ Anze Kopitar next to sign to play in Europe during the NHL lockout?

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils and Sergei Gonchar of the Ottawa Senators have already signed to play overseas during the NHL lockout.

Anze Kopitar of the Stanley Cup champion Kings reportedly is set to join them soon. Kopitar would join his brother, Gasper, with Mora IK, a Swedish club team, The Los Angeles Times first reported Kopitar is close to an agreement with the team. Kopitar played in Sweden after leaving his native Slovenia when he was only 16.

Malkin, Kovalchuk and Gonchar have signed to play in Russia’s KHL.

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