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07-03-2005, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by dedalus
I suspect that even if many of the 2nd/3rd tier Euros opt to stay in Europe (and this still remains to be seen), all that will happen is that the AHL-caliber callups will play on the 4th line. That will quickly be followed by every team in the league dropping to what is essentially 3-line play with the scrubs getting 5 minutes or so a game.
You could have a point, it also depends on where the minimum salary lands. If its at 400k it will probably not be too hard to get a decent 4th line. If its lower I wouldn't be suprised if some teams went with 3 lines completly and used the 3 players left out as "injury reserve"(dressed but not playing at unless someone goes down).

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