EuroVision: Bernier gone; must-see airhook

EuroVision: Highlights, notes, tweets and photos from across the pond – where the lockout doesn’t quite translate

Philly’s Claude Giroux and Danny Briere are set to debut for Eisbaren Berlin (DEL) Friday versus the Cologne Sharks, who are the league leaders in standings. They are also the league leaders in smelling good while attacking your rowboat.

With Giroux overseas, four of the NHL’s top five scorers in 2011-12 are working in Europe (Evgeni Malkin, Jason Spezza, Ilya Kovalchuk). Steven Stamkos (second in points) has yet to accept any of his offers.

“For me to come here and play with a close friend is special,” Briere told the German media this week. “We know a lot about each other, and a lot of it should stay behind closed doors.”

If you’re keen, you can watch the game streamed live here at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Watch Nail Yakupov roof a beauty for his fifth point and fourth goal in three games. The Oiler also added an assist for Neftekhimik, who lost 5-4 to Slovan in a shootout.

Full highlights in English, because we’re guessing that’s what you speak:

It’s now perfectly OK for a King to wish an Avalanche player good luck. Ugh. This is our new October, NHL fans:

Never tire of the lacrosse-style goal, probably because I couldn’t do this in 100 tries. Then again, I’m not 18-year-old Vincent Praplan. Praplan, who plays for Kloten of the Swiss U20 league, has no trouble with the air-hook (via Matias Strozyk):

The Swedish Elite League’s appeal to keep NHLers locked out of their circuit as well was rejected Friday. The doors to your homeland are open, Henrik and Daniel, if you so choose to enter:

Interesting financial snag for a Finnish-born Carolina Hurricanes forward:

Nice pic from Tuesday of NHL all-stars colliding eight time zones away:

Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier is set to join Heilbronn Falken of the Germany’s second division. Jonathan Quick’s backup is expected to make his debut Friday as the raising of L.A.’s first championship banner is on indefinite hold.

You hear NHLers say that they’re “exploring all options,” but are they really? Look at all of the nations ripe for an NHL injection: