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.