With the possibly impending lockout, and the Luongo and Doan threads having gone in circles for months. I thought we might as well speculate on something else, where we guess that Canucks players will play, or not play, in case of a lockout.
The AHL has limits on veteran players. The current rule applies.
Of the 18 skaters (not counting two goaltenders) that teams may dress for a regular-season game, at least 13 must be qualified as "development players." Of those 13, 12 must have played in 260 or fewer professional games (including AHL, NHL, IHL and European elite leagues), and one must have played in 320 or fewer professional games. All calculations for development status are based on regular-season totals as of the start of the season.
All of our prospects currently in the AHL will of course play there.
Of players on the NHL roster last year that will count as development players are:
Steve Pinizzotti (N.B. both Pinizzotti and Weise have played more than 260 but fewer than 320, so they wouldn't be able to play on the same AHL team)
Word is that SEL is gonna make a rule limiting the amount of NHL players per team in case of a lockout, I would not be surprised to see other leagues make a similar rule.
The Sedins, I would not be surprised if they already have a verbal agreement with Näslund and Forsberg about playing in Modo if there is a lockout. I could see them being on the first plane to Sweden after 15/9, if they aren't already there.
Jannik Hansen, I would not be surprised to see Hansen playing in Sweden if there is a lockout. I would have guessed Malmö if they played in SEL since he has a connection there, and it's close to home for him. If I had to make a guess I'd say Rögle because of the location, but it could be any team.
Alexander Edler, same as Hansen applies here. I don't know what teams he could be playing for, probably all of them will be interested.
Nicklas Jensen will play in Sweden for AIK, no doubt about that.
Other players that I would be surprised to see go to Europe fast, but that I'm no where certain about are guys like Ebbett, Lappiere and Higgins.
Daniel, henrik, and Edler going to play for Modo http://www.expressen.se/sport/johan-...n-bra-produkt/
Can be brand new first chain
For MoDo part, it may mean that the team gets into a lot first five.
- It is primarily our own guys we think about. It's Tobias Enstrom and Victor Hedman on the hill, and of course the twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin . Alexander Steen we see as a Modo guy now even though he has been all over the place. In addition, although Alexander Edler played in Modo.
Will you make room for all these players?
- Yes, I think. Is it that the interest is there, it would surely be strange if we do not place.
of course there is no contract but it seem most likely
If there's another lockout I'll personally beat the living **** out of Gary Bettman
You gonna beat all the owners up to? You do realize he's just a puppet for them? Bettman has made the owners a ton of money over the years and if it helps the owners he will shut down the league for another year. The fans might be pissed and not attend games for awhile but they will come back they always do. This is just a business for the owners and there in it to make money they don't care about the fans feelings only want their money. There is no way season starts on time we'll be lucky if it starts in Jan. The owners will not give in it's on the players to.
Better start working on your alibi now. And maybe get a good lawyer.
Paging Wetcoaster! (I have no idea what kind of lawyer Wet is though)
Our European players will certainly go play in Europe, but I'm curious to see where guys like Kesler (if healthy), Booth, Burrows, etc go. It would be nice (though a pipe dream) to see them all play together.