Six players affected most by lockout
January, 18, 2012
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesAn extended work stoppage could affect Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement plans.The 2007 Hockey Hall of Fame class of Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier and Scott Stevens will go down as one of the best classes to be inducted. And there's a reason so many great players were eligible for induction the same year: the lockout.
When the NHL took a season off while the league and NHLPA battled over a new CBA, it pushed a few players into a retirement decision.