Mikkelson had one goal and three points in 41 games with the Lightning last season after being acquired in January from the Calgary Flames. He is the latest member of the Lightning to head over overseas as the lockout drags on. He joins fellow defenseman Victor Hedman, who plays for Astana Barys of the KHL, forward Adam Hall who is in Germany and goaltender Anders Lindback who plays for Ilves Tampere in Finland.
The NHL announced the cancelation of all games through November and following the NHL Players' Association's rejection of the league's most recent proposal by the union. The league also removed the proposal, which contained a 50/50 split of hockey related revenue without salary rollbacks. Further meetings have not been scheduled.