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Will a year long lockout make a free agent signing unnesessary?

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09-17-2004, 12:09 AM
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Will a year long lockout make a free agent signing unnecessary?

Assuming no NHL hockey until a year from now, is there any point in signing a veteran like Kovalev? Surely at least one or two of the prospects will make a big leap over the next year.


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Assuming no NHL hockey until a year from now, is there any point in signing a veteran like Kovalev? Surely at least one or two of the prospects will make a big leap over the next year.
As long the veteran ( enter the name you want ) play in an elite league during the lock-out I dont really see a problem. Since veteran take more time to get in shape.

But I dont think any team will sign players before the new CBA is signed. So these veterans might get less money since they will be 1 precious year older.

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As long the veteran ( enter the name you want ) play in an elite league during the lock-out I dont really see a problem. Since veteran take more time to get in shape.

But I dont think any team will sign players before the new CBA is signed. So these veterans might get less money since they will be 1 precious year older.
I think what the poster meant was with the progress rookies/young players will make in the AHL or wherever, will a veteran be necessary? (ex: Plekanec and Hossa and Ryder(?) make strides in the AHL and make Kovalev unnecesary when hockey resumes.

I think a player like Kovalev who is an incredible talent can help anyone. However, lesser-talented veteran players may lose out when hockey resumes and younger players have that extra development under their belts

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If it's a long lock-out, i think we should forget free agents and go with the kids.

At least we got Radek Bonk. Already great.

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