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11-16-2012, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Old Navy Goat View Post
I don't consider any player in the AHL whether a top prospect or not to be a sure-fire NHLer, and I would think that a young player that hasn't made any real coin to be one of the first to cross the line for the bigger payday and a chance to establish themselves. Its a league full of mercenaries so I sure wouldn't expect much loyalty from the guys trying to establish themselves to the older players.

Under your premise, no player that has signed a NHL contract whether they're overseas, in juniors or the minors would be eligible which I don't quite agree with.
Look at the MLB scabs. They did not include top minor-league prospects, and neither would a scab NHL. Further, I'd argue that young players would be the last to cross the picket line given that they'd have the most to lose under the new contract rules.

The NHL would never consider going with replacements because they know it isn't a viable alternative.

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