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10-31-2004, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by pld459666
They are replacement players for a league in Europe.

They went to another league and took jobs away from European players that were playing there last year and the year before, hence they are REPLACING THEM.

They are 275+ strong and growing and they are taking food out of the mouths of potentially 275+ families and considering that those players that are out of Work make ALOT less than what these clowns signd for is adding insult to injury.
If the article was quoting a European player complaining, I might have a little bit more sympathy. However, Cory Hirsch is a former NHLer who went to Europe and took away someone's job there.

When the IHL merged with the AHL, veterans who were not good enough to play in the NHL (and were too old to be a part of the AHL since there are restrictions on the number of players with significant professional experience) lost a place where they could continue to earn money from their hockey skill. Some of them moved to Europe. Should they have stayed home because they were taking a job away from some European who was not good enough to play in the NHL either?

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