Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 10/2/12

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
In a bit of a bombshell on Monday, Josh Rimer from NHL Home Ice had on former Toronto Maple Leafs GM and agent Bill Watters said this:

Former TML GM & NHL Agent Bill Watters thinks Gary Bettman's will bring in replacement players in NOV, & thinks this will crack the Union.

— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) October 2, 2012

Man, could you imagine if THIS came to fruition? We could see the potential return of players like Wade Redden or even Sean Avery?!?!

All kidding aside, the chances of this happening are far-fetched at best. This is just one way the league can test the solidarity of the NHLPA in hopes of getting a new CBA tilted towards the owners. If this scenario happens to occur, teams would struggle to fill out rosters with aging, un-signed veterans looking for a quick & easy payday. Younger players in the AHL and ECHL wouldn't dare crossing the picket line in fear of being alienated by other players. Teams may even go as far as holding public tryouts to fill out rosters. I can't imagine fans coming out and paying any kind of money to see these guys play, I know I wouldn't.

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