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09-25-2012, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
The lockout was seen as a possibility well before May/June. At the very latest you could have seen it coming was in January when the NHLPA refused to sit down and discuss the CBA with the owners. This has been looming on the horizon for a long time.

Not that I agree with txpd's statement that Kuz stayed away because of the lockout or that McPhee would have wanted him to play in the AHL.
Hell, there were warning signs as far back as December. Remember when the NHL came up with a realignment plan without consulting the players, and the NHLPA then swatted it down for no other reason than that? Anyway, I feel like for people in the industry, particularly someone like an agent who knows both sides intimately, they probably saw this coming a lot early than any of us did. It wouldn't surprise me if the impending lockout was a big part of Kuznetsov's decision.

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