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11-24-2004, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by shadoz19
I think your overestimating the interest of American fans in the sport of hockey. Most could care less right now. While some NHLers would join the replacement players, those that joined would be mostly fringe players. The star players wouldn't join and the NHL would be hard pressed to pick up fans in the American markets.
You are thinking short-term and the NHL is taking a longer view.

The NHL is willing to take some losses to get a favourable deal that ensures they can control their labour costs.

They aren't looking to "pick up fans" by using replacement players, merely bidding their time until the union caves.

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