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09-13-2012, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by squidz View Post
There is a limit, but I'd be rather surprised if Houston were at that limit. More likely Veilleux and Dowell were given the option (well, we know that Veilleux was) by the team and elected to sit out rather than play in Houston.

Offhand I'm not certain what the limit is, but the structure is "X players with over 400 NHL games, Y players with over 100 NHL games" where X is like 1 or 2 and Y is like 6 or 8. Too lazy to look up the specifics right now.
They're not at the limit but if there is a lock-out there might be other players who want to remain in North America and they could end up taking some of those spots. Makes sense not to rush Veilleux/Dowell down there especially if they don't want to go, even though one(or both) would likely end up in Houston if we do have a season.

Originally Posted by Avder View Post
Would probably not mind if any of these players were claimed. We could use the contract slots.
4 of the 5 were signed this off-season by Fletcher, so obviously he values them as members of this organization. Bagnall's the other, and he's going to be a leader in Houston, perhaps even captain.

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