Listen, I know that the NHL's desperate to get the upper hand on the players. Their filing in federal court on Friday seeking to have the lockout deemed legal shows as much. One part of that filing that seemed to fly under the radar this weekend was the portion that asked that if the NHLPA vote to decertify, then the players -- all of them -- would be unrestricted free agents as their contracts would be dissolved.
With no player contracts, that means that every team in the league could go after whatever player that they wanted. Granted, this depends on what the new salary cap would be as well as how much money a particular team rakes in. It's pretty much a given that the Columbus Blue Jackets won't snag the Sedin twins, or that the New York Islanders won't add Ilya Kovalchuk to their ranks, but larger teams that rake in the dough would take this chance to become stacked
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If there are less wealthy teams that are fortunate eno...