Draft, schmaft

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

So much for the official pulling-on of Sidney Crosby's first NHL sweater.

Had there been no cancellation of the season because of the lockout, that significant event would have happened in the nation's capital on June 25, when Crosby's name would have been called by the lucky club which won the draft lottery. Word is the Senators won't play host to the draft until 2008 at the earliest.

Of course, it's not just the economic and historic impact that is lost in Ottawa with no draft. The Senators had geared up for another run at the Maple Leafs, and for once, might actually have beaten them. Now, it's probable goalie Dominik Hasek won't play an NHL game for Ottawa, especially if the lockout drags well into next season. And how would have coach Bryan Murray, who replaced the fired Jacques Martin, stacked up against Pat Quinn this season?

Hockey, or the lack thereof, has been the talk of the town for the past five months. There was a lot of excitement for the season until the lockout killed it.


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