NHL Lockout 2012: Players Who Would Be Most Impacted by Lost Season

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 11, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 31:  Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 31, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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There is now a legitimate threat that the entire 2012-2013 NHL season will be canceled as the NHL and the NHLPA try to work something out on Wednesday, according to Sporting News.

But it's important to note that not only would this be a wasted season, it would rob fans of a chance to see some key veterans for the last time on ice.

You see, some high-profile players were considering retiring after this season. If there is no season, that may be it. No curtain call. No glorious send-off. Nothing.

Here's a look at the veterans who would be most impacted by a lost season.


Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim Ducks

The 42-year-old Ducks legend has given fans a lot to enjoy: leading the NHL in goal-scoring three times in his career, earning the honor of First All-Star Team twice and winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.

But when asked by TSN if a canceled season would be the end for Selanne, "The Finnish Flash" said:

Probably. It's hard to say for sure, but year after year it's getting harder and harder to get ready for the season.

I'm 42. I really don't have to play one season more or a single game. I would be sad to go out like this, but I got more than I really dreamed out of it.

It would be hard to see such a revered player go out with a hush.


Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa Senators

The 40-year-old from Sweden holds the Senators' franchise records for goals, assists and points. He became the 75th player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points in October 2010. 

But he's already mentioned that this could be his last season. If it is canceled, a man who has meant so much to the Senators franchise could be gone, just like that.


Shawn Thornton, LW, Boston Bruins

The 35-year-old from Canada told CSN New England that he would "probably be done" if this continued for "a year or two" and would have to find work elsewhere.

Thornton has been admired as an enforcer through the years in the NHL, and he won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.


Sean O'Donnell, D, Chicago Blackhawks

The 41-year-old Canadian is an unrestricted free agent, and he told ESPN,"You can say 100 percent sure that if this goes long or we miss the whole year, then my career is done."

O'Donnell, who also won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks, has been on several teams throughout his career and is a well-known name.

These are only a few players who could be done if this season is canceled. It's a stark reminder that the consequences of the standoff are far-reaching.


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