posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 12:56am
Mike Eco says:
What will happen to the players on these rosters at the end of the season?
In the case of the teams where the NAHL franchise changes hands and moves I believe that those player rights would still belong to the franchise. As far as the franchises that go completely dormant I believe their players will be eligible to be tendered and drafted in the NAHL Entry Draft, at least that is what happened when the Tornado went dormant for 2008-2009.
If all of this happens (and I say that since it hasn't been posted on the NAHL site) the biggest issue is for the kids now entering their last year of eligibility who have virtually no chance with the USHL and now even a smaller chance with the NAHL. All of the greed and politics have ruined hockey.
I am sure the Canadian Junior A Teams
would welcome the older players with
There are still 20-21 teams in the NAHL for a player to try to make. It's going to be tougher but the better players will make a squad. I could see the league raising the roster limit back to 25 or maybe even 26.
As always, make sure you check out the teams your son is trying out for. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
posted Feb. 17th, 2012 - 8:46pm
Josh Reis says:
That type of thinking is what's completely wrong with hockey in the states.....
"I could see the league raising the roster limit to 25 or 26"
Give your head a shake!! Beyond the new millenium type thinking that every player is ENTITLED to play where they think they should and should always receive a trophy, the 23 man roster is set for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost it was set to limit expences but as time has gone on it has slowed down some of the dilution that is so apparent in T2 hockey.
The lower half dozen teams in the NAHL are horrible. The best thing that could happen to the NA as well as T3 is 10 less teams at each level. The caliber of play overall sickens me this season. I recently watched the worst team in the NAHL call up 3 players of marginal skill from a 6th place T3 team one week before the trade deadline. Just curious what the wisdom was in this. It has become a huge joke and these type of transactions just fuel the fire within every bad hockey player that they can make the jump to the next level when in reality they are miles from being of T1 or T2 caliber.
The existing thought process by USAH and many parents in hockey anymore makes my head explode.
Who does 25 or 26 players on a a roster benefit? How is it helping the players or the teams to roster 2 or 3 more players only to have them sitting in the stands every weekend. Coaches have to win to keep their jobs at the Tier 2 or Tier 1 level and it is hard enough on the coaches and players to have to sit the same 2 or 3 kids every night do not make it 5 or 6.
Even having 20 NAHL teams left, they have veteran players, drafts, tenders, and their limits on 20 year olds. I suppose I simply don't understand how a hockey league gets to this place.
Lori, I will help get your son onto a free-to-play team's ice...he is going to have to do it from there.
Call me on Monday.
Sorry Stephen, I never checked this article's comments again, so I missed your offer...
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