Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/09/12 at 08:18 PM ET
from of the Democrat and Chronicle,
The NHL parent teams don’t want to sign more depth players for their AHL teams because, if there is a lockout, they need roster spots for their young players.
Negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement are expected to be contentious and potentially could drag past the scheduled Oct. 11 start of the regular season.
“Everyone’s kind of in a holding pattern with the CBA,” said Kevin Devine, director of amateur scouting for the Sabres and the Amerks’ de facto general manager. “Teams are holding spots for their younger players if it comes to that (a lockout).”
That’s a pretty clear indication that the entire NHL fears, or at least is prepared for, the worst.
In 2004-05, players on entry-level contracts were assigned by NHL teams to their respective AHL affiliates. The talent level in the AHL had never been higher, with budding stars like Eric Staal, Jason Spezza, Dan Hamhuis, Mike Cammellari, Dustin Brown, Patrick Sharp, Niklas Kronwall and Ryan Kesler coming back down to the AHL.
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