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03-02-2011, 12:12 PM
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gymineer
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Could a lockout be good for Toronto?

The Blue Jays and Leafs clearly didn't emerge on top following their respective lockouts, could the Raptors be the exception?

Could we benefit from the impending lockout if it wiped out an entire season, or a large part of it?

The first thing I look at is the way the NHL handled the draft and how strong Pittsburgh and Washington became thanks to back to back automatic high picks. If the Raptors have a top 5 pick this year, and a season gets wiped, do they get a top 5 next year?

The other thing to notice was how veteran players struggled to return following the NHL lockout, while young players were able to compete more than ever before following the layoff. Boston immediately comes to mind as a team that wouldn't be able to return as strong a team following a lockout as they had going into it due to the age of their core players.

Lastly, we've been riddled with injuries this year. They vary in nature and severity, but a year to rest/ practice/play only as needed could make for a strong resurgent Toronto NBA team.

Ultimately, as a fan of the team, I'd rather see them play. But looking back, Penguins fans probably feel pretty good about the NHL lockout. Plus the Raps could come back as the huskies. Or at least put feathers on their mascot.

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