08:19 AM ET 10.11 | Former NHL great Guy Lafleur doesn't have any problem with the threats from some European players that they might not return to the NHL when the lockout eventually ends. In fact, he sees a significant benefit for Canadians if the Europeans do stay home. "Let them stay there, it will make more room for players from Quebec and North Americans," Lafleur said Wednesday during a press conference announcing the construction of Place Guy Lafleur in his hometown of Thurso, Que. "As a supporter and former player, I do not care for players who want to stay in Europe. It's their choice." ... Lafleur also speculated that the lockout would drag into the new year. "We hope it will be settled before the holidays (but) I am very skeptical about it," he said.