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11-01-2012, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by FiLe View Post
If there's a full season lockout, one also has to take into consideration that not every NHLer will find a substitute team to play in. Besides the insurance costs which hamper any player with a big contract, there are only so many extras clubs can fit into their rosters. I'm pretty sure none of them are looking to replace their whole squads.

If for example Crosby stays in the sidelines for the whole season and has nothing but beer hockey to keep him in shape, he may not be so eager to jump out of the cold into a highly competitive tournament.

These are very good points which other posters are ignoring. Most of the European teams' North American player quotas have already been filled, and those few places still available will likely (because of the expense of insurance) be filled with relatively inexpensive NHL players that neither Canada nor the U.S. would want to consider for international play. So where will the best North American players get the playing time to prepare for the WC?

How effective would North American players, most of whom wouldn't have played a real game in a year, be against European teams made up of NHL players who have played into game shape AND become comfortable on the big ice?

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