Now that the inaugral WHA drafts are done with

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  1. Bicycle Repairman

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    That still leaves plenty of hockey players who are technically Unrestricted Free Agents whose WHA rights belong to no one. I take it it's now Open Season on those who were not chosen?

    Both weekend drafts were hardly exaustive with claiming every last bit of talent available.

    If I were a drafted guy and a peer I knew was free to choose what team he wanted to sign with, I know I'd be pretty steamed.

    Just an observation.
     
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    Bobby Hull said he's going to ice a league full of pros and that people will pay to see these pros?

    My question is where does he plan to get these pros?

    If you're asking where I got this pro comment. I got it from the horses mouth on tv, where he said.. if you dont' think people will pay affordable prices to watch pro hockey players, you're just plain negative..
     
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    If they get paid, I guess you can call 'em "pros."

    I guess you could ask Scotty Bowman or Mike Keenan or a bunch of other NHL talent evaluators what their impresions were of the recent try-outs for "Making The Cut" were like. Raw talent isn't in short supply.

    This WHA is a different (as it's proposed) and is a whole different beast than the original WHA. Seems they're catering to the smaller, swifty player (and not the goons). It's not a development league per se (like the AHL and to a lesser extent the ECHL), but maybe more of a showcase league.

    But you can bet, despite all the nay-saying, the higher-ups in the NHL are viewing this new league with interest. It might ultimately fail, but it's formula of having one or two stars, a handful of twilighting veterans, a passel of pluggers and a healthy smidgeon of talented youngsters is not a bad gameplan. Of course it all depends on how deep the pockets of the WHA owners are. It's tough slogging ahead, no doubt.
     
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    OHL players get paid. Most of the junior players in Canada get paid or get some sort of allowance.
     
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    $100 Canadian every two weeks is not comparable to $100,000 from the WHA.
     
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