THN: 100 "more" players likely to retire if 12-13 season lost
But another 9+% percent "lost their edge" and retired after the 04-05 lockout.
However, that does not take into consideration the issue of some of those older players perhaps "demanding" larger contracts and teams not able/interested in signing them (preferring to use cheaper players), which may exasperate the situation.
With natural attrition and a wide definition of what is a NHL player, a pretty big chunk of those that won't play another NHL game after the lockout most likely wouldn't have played another game without a lockout.
I know what they are trying to say but it's a little bit too much statistical smoke and mirrors to work for me.
I think when thinking of player losses from work stoppage lost paychecks is a better measurement.
Players getting Darwined was part of the plan all along. Dead money, non-performing money is saved by the owners. Review the 2012-13 contracts in terms of performance.
If a goalie had a top 3 contract amongst NHL goalies but ranked 25th in terms of goalie performance the team owner is happy not to pay him while grooming his replacement in the minors.
Likewise for the other positions.
Enforcers are another group. Out of favour in today's NHL but contracts remain valid. Darwined this season while their 3rd/4th line replacement gets experience in the minors on a two-way contract.
Thin the herd. Get rid of the non-productive elements or at least mitigate the costs.
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