NHL Lockout: Five Players Who May Never Play in the NHL Again

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NHL Lockout: Five Players Who May Never Play in the NHL Again
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Devils great Scott Stevens (center) never played another NHL game after the 2004-05 lockout

As the NHL lockout passes Day 90, there is now a very real possibility that the entire season could be lost. If the NHL and NHLPA can't get an agreement finalized in the next several weeks, the season would be lost in an unthinkable return to the dark days of 2004-05.

An often overlooked casualty in all the carnage that this labor dispute has wreaked on the sport is the potential for several aging stars to never take the ice in an NHL game again. In 2004-05, a group of all-time greats, including Scott Stevens, Mark Messier and Adam Oates were denied the opportunity to retire on their own terms by that lockout.

Today, several players face the same potential fate.

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