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If players decertify, star RFAs would spill onto open market

Updated: December 3, 2012, 1:25 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Gabriel LandeskogMichael Martin/NHLI/Getty ImagesGabriel Landeskog would be just one young star to hit the open market as he's entering his prime.

With the lockout lingering and federal mediation unable to provide a remedy, murmurs that the NHL Players' Association might decertify have grown louder. Such a move might plunge the negotiations into chaos (or provide an expedited agreement), but should the players go through with the decertification, there is a distinct possibility that the NHL as we know it would be drastically altered.

Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.

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