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The Risk of Replacements

Posted 8:51 PM ET | Comments 5
I saw earlier today, the rumor (on several sites) that the NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, in all his infinite wisdom, may consider using replacement players should the NHL remain in a lockout come November. This is extremely risky, even just to have it be a rumor.

There are thousands of hockey players in the world who want a shot at the NHL. I went to college with a few of them. Now, I went to a division III college. The guys who played for SUNY Fredonia were doing it to get a few extra years of hockey in. While covering the team, I asked the captain one year what made him choose SUNY Fredonia. He said that he wanted to get his degree, but also play hockey for a few more years. He had played in the junior leagues, didn’t get drafted, so he went to college. Our starting goalie was a back up for a division I school. He came to SUNY Fredonia so that he could be a starter and get the playing time he couldn’t at a division I school. The dream was the same regardless; play in the NHL. These players had just accepted that they weren’t going to make it and wanted to play a few more years for love of the game, before they hung them up.

I’m not saying that these guys would be the actual replacement players. They’re just examples of the fact that there are plenty of hockey players who would gladly step into the NHL players shoes.

So what message does replacement players send to the current players who have been locked out?

Filed Under:   NHL Lockout   Gary Bettman   AHL   Ovechkin   Crosby   Miller  
October 2, 2012 10:45 PM ET | Delete
replacements?...fans should just watch the ahl...what's the difference?...hey andy, do me a favor, send this to homie for me ; ) http://buffalosabresnow.blogspot.com/2010/08/40th-anniversaryall-time-sabres-team_15.html...thx
October 3, 2012 1:12 AM ET | Delete
ill be down with that if it means i get a shot at the "big time"
October 5, 2012 3:07 AM ET | Delete
What we need is a replacement *league*. The NHL has had no serious competition for decades and its showing. This is a perfect time to test the waters by renting a few arenas in key cities and having a few scrum matches with locked out players. Balsillie? I'm talking to you here.
October 5, 2012 12:19 PM ET | Delete
Whoever started this rumor of replacement players is off his/her rocker. And whoever is buying into these rumors is even more.This isn't a strike. The league cannot replace the players that THEY have locked out.And even if they could/would/should, who the hell is going to watch fat, out of shape beer league players??? Because no player who has any aspirations of playing in the NHL again - whether they're current players or future players - would, in their right minds, sign up for that fiasco.
October 18, 2012 10:00 PM ET | Delete
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