Once a new collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the Players’ Association is signed, the landscape of North American hockey will likely be dramatically changed for the second time in eight years. As a result, look for some changes to be made roster-wise as well.
Whether through trades, buy-outs, just a simple matter of not being resigned or what have you, many players likely won’t find themselves on the same teams on which they are currently or even with a contract at all. Following the last lockout, over 240 players’ careers just ended like that (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune).
So, a few criteria first: A player who just signed a new contract with a new team this past off-season will not be eligible to make this list (due to the presumption that they were signed for a reason and their teams would be hypothetically willing to give them a shot next season, should the lockout wipe out this current one).
Additionally, this list comprises NHL regulars and not fringe players, such as dime-a-dozen enforcers who play two minutes a game, and backup goalies to Martin Brodeur (excluding Johan Hedberg), who would likely be on the chopping block no matter what.
With that, here are the top 11 veterans who could find themselves on the outs with their current teams, forgotten or just plain unwanted once the lockout ends: