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03-02-2004, 07:19 PM
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League contraction question

I heard (from a message board, I don't consider the report reliable, but it stirred my interest) that the NHL might contract by six teams.

If this were to happen, what would happen to all the players/prospects?

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This is kinda far out there, but i would maybe say Pittsburgh....

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What I meant is what happens to the players that don't have a team if their team is contracted? If Pittsburgh were contracted, for instance, what would happen to Fleury and Malone and Morozov?

Would there be a draft for the players? Would they all become UFA's?

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What I meant is what happens to the players that don't have a team if their team is contracted? If Pittsburgh were contracted, for instance, what would happen to Fleury and Malone and Morozov?

Would there be a draft for the players? Would they all become UFA's?
I'm sure there would be a dispersal draft... for all the players on the teams to be contracted.

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I heard (from a message board, I don't consider the report reliable, but it stirred my interest) that the NHL might contract by six teams.

If this were to happen, what would happen to all the players/prospects?
Been too long since a dispersal draft. But, that would be the most logical way to find the players new homes.

Issue would be, for those who still had years on their contracts and don't get selected in the dispersal draft, simply because their salary is too high and their productivity too low, what would happen to them? Would they have a claim against the team? Probably, not since it's based on the player actually suiting up and playing for the team. So, a guy, let's use Rod Brind'Amour, since he's an example of a player who fits into this category. 2 more years at 5 million for a guy who will fall well short of 20 goals this season. If he goes unclaimed in a dispersal draft, I assume the league would declare him a UFA.

So, the young players and prospects will go first, and the fringe players and big salaries go later or not at all.

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The league will likely contract but not 6 it will be 4

Pittsburgh
Florida
Tampa Bay
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bunk rumor. it would be at least 5 years, but likely more...before anyone would even consider contracting. i know it's an exciting concept to some, but it's just not likely.

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bunk rumor. it would be at least 5 years, but likely more...before anyone would even consider contracting. i know it's an exciting concept to some, but it's just not likely.
What about teams that can't afford to continue operation if there is a lenghthy strike?

Personally I think it would be great to contract some teams. Get it back down to 26 or even 24 teams.

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Would the order of the dispersal draft be determined by standings just like the entry draft? Would there be a lottery, and if so would it be limited to the nonplayoff teams or all-inclusive?

I don't think there will be a contraction within a year either, I was just curious as to what would happen to the players. Thanks.

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I heard that the players would all be put to sleep thus making a dispersal draft of no use

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