Question about next year.

SpinTheBlackCircle
12-04-2003, 05:54 AM
Let's assume the NHL has a strike/lockout next year. We know several players will go to Europe to play. Will we be able to play them in the HFNHL if those 2 things happen next year?

Ohio Jones
12-04-2003, 09:10 AM
Our assumption thus far has been that players available this season would be available next season, except any who retire prior to October 1st 2004. The exact mechanics of how that will work will need to be sorted out in the face of whatever situation arises. Player ratings will be based on their performance in the current (03/04) and previous seasons.

Of greater concern for many is: what happens to the 2005 Entry Draft if the contract dispute still is not settled. The 2004 Entry Draft should proceed as normal because at that time the current CBA will still be in effect...

kasper11
12-04-2003, 09:18 AM
Our assumption thus far has been that players available this season would be available next season, except any who retire prior to October 1st 2004. The exact mechanics of how that will work will need to be sorted out in the face of whatever situation arises. Player ratings will be based on their performance in the current (03/04) and previous seasons.

Of greater concern for many is: what happens to the 2005 Entry Draft if the contract dispute still is not settled. The 2004 Entry Draft should proceed as normal because at that time the current CBA will still be in effect...

If the entire season is lost, there will be alot more problems than the entry draft.

Dr.Sens(e)
12-04-2003, 10:31 AM
Actually, the draft will go one as usual. It's supposedly covered by the current collective bargaining agreement in terms of any work stoppage.

So if there is no NHL hockey next season, the 2005 NHL Entry draft will still take place that June.

Imagine the last place team winning the lottery both times and getting both Ovechkin and Crosby? Unlikely, but possible.

Thankfully we won't have to worry about that double impact in the HFNHL, as our season will go on with new standings to sort out the draft order. I believe Reggie Swingstein did a great job in playing moderator between the HFNHL Board of Governors and HFNHLPA in order to make that happen.