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Peca expects replacement players

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Michael Peca would not be surprised if a handful of NHLers opt to become replacement players next season. Just don't expect to see any superstars leading the way.

"When you have 700-plus guys, there is bound to be some crossing," Peca said after last night's outdoor charity game at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.

"But I think it will be the guys who are in the financial position where they need to (play).

"It won't be a reflection on the union, the resolve among us is as strong as ever."

The NHL is considering using replacement players next season should a new collective bargaining agreement not be in place.

"If they begin with replacements, I don't think there will be any part of a season with us," Peca said. "I can't see the league starting with replacement players then offering to open the door to us."

Peca also dismissed the notion of larger nets.

"I don't think it will happen, I just think it's dialogue."


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