Kings' Anze Kopitar close to deal to play in Sweden during NHL lockout

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As the NHL lockout drags into its second day with no end in sight, Los Angeles Kings star center Anze Kopitar is close to a deal with Mora IK of the Swedish league, The Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott reported via Twitter Monday night.

The LA Times' Lisa Dillman reported that Mora IK is a natural fit for Kopitar because his brother plays for the team. He is also able to sign a deal that would allow him to return to the NHL if and when the lockout ends. Mora IK plays in the second-highest division in Sweden.

Kopitar was one of the key cogs for the Kings in their Stanley Cup-winning season last year, tallying 76 points in all 82 games played. He also had 20 points in 20 playoff games, including an assist in the Kings' Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Devils.