Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/25/05 at 05:55 PM ET
When the doors swung closed on the NHL at the start of the lockout almost a year ago, it was believed fans might have seen the last of some of the game's finest players, greatest leaders. Many of the game's aging stars have found a new reservoir of desire during the lockout and will return for at least one more season: Steve Yzerman and Chris Chelios, who will once again slip on Detroit Red Wing jerseys; Luc Robitaille will suit up next to former Flyer Jeremy Roenick in Los Angeles; Brian Leetch will patrol the Boston blue line and childhood pals Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts are expected to provide veteran leadership in Florida. But not all graying hockey luminaries will be back on the blades when training camps open in less than three weeks, and as time ticks away on summer and salary cap dollars continue to add up for individual teams, it is looking more and more like the lockout will cost fans one final moment with some of the game's greats.
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