2004 draft in June.
Current CBA expires mid-September.
The '04 draft WILL take place.
But all bets are off on the '05 (Crosby) draft.........possible scenarios:
a) CBA is resolved before June '05 = draft will go ahead...
b) CBA still not resolved brfore then:
i) draft could go if all owners agree --but "entry" to NHL and contract
signings could not take place until after new CBA....thus draft more
of a PR thing in this case with no real legal meaning yet...
ii) draft could be post-poned (probably more likely) till after new CBA
.should CBA still not be in effect by Sept '05 = probably post-pone
draft until June'06 ---will be held if CBA in place by then....
This means EITHER:
A. A combined 2005+2006 draft in 1 session...
OR B. 2 separate drafts at that time (one for '05 and one
HOWEVER--this assumes the new CBA will still allow the draft....
IF instead,it is scrapped --in favour of a free- for- all sign ANYBODY
over 18 SUBJECT to a team salary+ bonus CAP,then in that
sceanario the 2004 draft would be the last entry draft...
.should CBA be agreed to (and draft system retained) after
June'05 but before Sept'05 (ie. still "time" before season
starts) --then a late '05 draft could be held in Aug or early
Sept. depending on when CBA agreed to (but the window for this
would be extremely tight and while an August draft might be likely
by Sept. it is very late --they might just post-pone till June'06...