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Our special contributor, Dean Pennington of TBIV.net explores the players whose careers, and HOF hopes, have suffered the most due to lockouts.
If you didn’t have enough reasons to be resentful toward Gary Bettman and many of the owners around the league, I’m about to give you five more. Some tenured players, like Teemu Selanne and Martin Brodeur, have been through three lockouts and lost 10% or more of their careers. Others, like Shane Doan, may find themselves outside of the Hall of Fame due to the time lost to labor stoppages.
TBIV breaks down the most notable players who have had their careers interrupted by lockouts and what that may mean for their legacies.
(Note: “Projected Career” assumes retirement at 40 years old and assumes the same points-per-game throughout the players’ career. It’s certainly not a perfect science but will give a good estimate of what could have been. Career rank is in parentheses; defensemen are ranked against defensemen only.)
Shane Doan, Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes