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10-11-2012, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
The Kings can't really dictate where Bernier decides to play while he's locked out. No NHL team has control over where any of their players play, unless it's a player who is eligible to be assigned to the minors (without having to clear waivers).
Yep, that is exactly what is said to have happened here.

JB ended up signing a lock out contract with a team that isn't where the Kings would have allegedly wanted him to play. They may have told him where they would prefer him to sign but ultimately it was JB's choice regardless of the team.

That said, the Kings do have a ton of leverage with players who are still establishing themselves and looking for a career with the team.

The Kings can show their approval or disapproval and after that it is up to the player on what they decide.

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