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09-19-2003, 09:24 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Port Jefferson, NY
No way the players want 4-6 teams contract...
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The best thing that can come of all this would be for 4 or 6 teams to fold, correcting the problem Bettman and Co created by increasing the size of the league by 1/3 in just over a decade.
Contraction would increase the talent level significantly, would make for a much more evenly balanced NHL as you wouldn't have the dire situations of some of the economic situations of some teams being such a drain on the NHL as a whole and the surviving markets would prosper with less compitition for talent.
I hope a lockout can be avoided but if we are to have one possible contraction would be the only positive I see coming out of it.
And if the NHL really wants a cap in place then it will be a lock that the NHLPA requests the required UFA age to be lowered to that similar to the NBA and MLB where a guy can achieve that status early on.
We may see a flood of young talent become suddenly available under the new CBA if this is the case.That's why it's a great deal that we have guys like Lindros-AK-Carter-all 3 LWers all expiring at the end of the year.
as this would lose probably over 200 jobs for players between players on the current roster and other players, prospect affiliated w/ those teams.
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