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11-30-2004, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by NYRangers
Actually, your wrong. Where were you last week? The NHL came out and said no draft untill theres a new CBA. And they said if this goes beyond June the draft will take place 2 months after a new CBA is held.

Quote from the head of Central Scouting:
If there were to be an agreement, say January '06, we would have a draft shortly after that time so that we'd have it prior to June '06 when the next draft is," Bonello said. "In other words, we would be very anxious to get a draft in so we don't miss it if that is the case.
The long and short of it is that it would not be legal to have a draft without a CBA. Even if, somehow (maybe a court order or the like), all 2005-eligible draftees were declared free agents, it would be pointless as all rosters were frozen once the lockout was declared. If there is an impasse and a new CBA implemented, and the draftees were declared free agents, no prospect that thought he might have a future in the NHL would sign.

So, in short, no CBA means no draft for a number of reasons.

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