NHL Lockout 2012: Greats Who May Never Skate in NHL Again Due to Work Stoppage

November 24th, 2012 by Rick Weiner Leave a reply »
While we are focused on the fact that the NHL has now canceled the All-Star game and all games scheduled through December 14 (h/t NHL.com), we eventually expect that a deal will be struck—though it may not be in time to save the 2012-13 season.

But that begs the question—who will take the ice for our favorite teams once they return?

It may not be the same roster you expected to see in training camp this year. While the league has stopped, time has not. Some of the familiar faces we've grown accustomed to are growing older—and closer to the expiration dates on their careers.

This is all speculation, but as we saw with the 2004 lockout, exceptional players don't necessarily stick around for one more year following a work stoppage.

Shayne Corson, Vincent Damphousse, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens never played again after the 2004 lockout.

Brett Hull tried to come back but failed, lasting only a handful of games before calling it a career.

Unforeseen casualties of the lockout are real. As in 2004, they may include some of the more familiar names in th ...

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