Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin confirmed Friday he will play in the KHL if there is an NHL work stoppage.
If goaltender James Riemer can shut the door the Leafs have a shot at their first playoff berth since 2004. If not, it could be another long season in Toronto.
Players are being instructed of their rights to play in other leagues and their rights to be paid if injured.
Capitals center Mike Ribeiro says NHL owners are asking players to 'fix the mistakes they made.'