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07-03-2005, 08:12 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.
That's how it works now. The 4th line gets 8 minutes if they're lucky.

Personally, I'm glad that Canadians and Americans will get those jobs. I like the rough stuff, maybe we'll see some more of that with North American players.

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