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12-23-2012, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ps241 View Post
Who knows how this will break but it would be pleasant if we go through a great WJC and then transition into a 1 week training camp and shortened regular season. if it rolls this way then really we are beginning our hockey season now (with the WJC)!!

Honestly what ever happens happens but on a cold Winnipeg day as the fantasy football season comes to an end one can extent a sliver of optimism that better days may be upon us.

I sure hope so. I'm feeling a little sad at this time of year for all the people who are casualties of this mess. The part-time employees and small businesses are suffering, for sure, but it's particularly poignant to consider a player like Machacek. This was quite possibly his only opportunity to play in the NHL, as he could easily be eclipsed by some young stud next year. As the article above shows, more than 20% play only one NHL year and almost half play 3 years or less.
IF Machacek has only one NHL year in him, then he has just lost 40% of his NHL games, 40% of his NHL income and maybe 15% of his lifetime earnings. If the entire season is lost, up that to 30% of his lifetime earnings. Gone forever. Don't think he doesn't know it and don't think he doesn't feel frustrated at the lack of influence that the silent majority of borderline players have in determining their fate. There are hundreds of them.
If Machacek seems to be playing with a little less zeal on The Rock this year, you can understand why.

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