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11-30-2012, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Master Lok View Post
Why would decertification lead to league contraction necessarily?

I can see that certain american hockey markets would have such low fan turnout returning after the lockout that it could crush those teams, but decertification in of itself shouldn't necessarily lead to league contraction... does it?

I can see the concern about the triple damage lawsuits, but that could be years away and tied up in the courts for a long time.

Aside from that, decertification would mean the big markets would grab all the best players but without a union, the smaller markets could survive without the restrictions on cap floor, guaranteed contracts etc. i.e. couldn't a team like Nashville or Columbus field a team with a team salary of $20 million and survive?
essentially it does, some teams would just say "its not worth it, we just lost 200 million"

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