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11-16-2012, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Model62 View Post
Let's get our slurs straight.

Scabs are workers who cross a striking union's picket line. Are the Euros on strike? No. Ergo, NHLers playing in Europe are not scabs.

Carpetbaggers are opportunistic foreigners who arrive to meddle in local business for their own gain, often displacing locals. The pejorative dates back the the US post Civil War era and described Northerners who went South to profit. Their suitcases were often made of sewn carpet (thus the term).

Are NHLers displacing Euro players in the Euro leagues? Absolutely. Ergo, NHLers playing in Europe are carpetbaggers.
Ah, thanks. I realize I was using poetic license (since slurs are always open to alteration over time), but I wasn’t aware that there was already an apt description.

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